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Clay County man involved in standoff, charged with assault


An Arrowhead Ranch Estates man is in custody after a two-hour standoff with Wichita Falls Police Monday night.


Officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on Michael Wayne Brooking, 51, at a residence in the 5400 block of North View Drive in Wichita Falls at about 8:15 p.m. Monday when Brooking, believed to be armed, refused to leave the house. Swat units and crisis negotiators where called in.  The standoff lasted about two hours before Brooking surrendered peacefully.

The warrant was deemed “high risk” by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office after Brooking had demonstrated suicidal actions leading up to the standoff.

Brooking is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony. His bond was preset at $10,000.

At 6:21 p.m. Saturday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at Brooking’s home on FM 1954. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Brooking’s wife said that during an argument Brooking pointed a gun at her chest. He then began to waive the gun around and threatened to commit suicide.

The affidavit states Brooking knocked a phone from his wife’s hand as she attempted to call 911, and made her swear not to call the police before leaving the residence. Brooking had already left the house when the deputy arrived.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office contacted Brooking’s cell phone provider, which traced his cell phone signal to a tower near Newcastle, where Brooking has a deer lease, and advised the Young County Sheriff’s Office of his possible whereabouts.

At about 10 p.m. Saturday, Brooking was located by the Young County Sheriff’s Office at the deer lease and held at the Young County Jail pending a mental health evaluation. The Young County S.O. took a revolver into evidence.

While the Clay County S.O. waited for a warrant, Brooking was released. Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons said that once the warrant was issued, all area agencies were notified.


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