Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 4, 2012

HCSO responds to gunshots complaint in Coffee City

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — COFFEE CITY –  The Henderson County Sheriff's Office made a call to a residence on Lounette Street in Coffee City.  The officers were responding to a deadly conduct complaint.

Maj. Bodie Hillhouse of the Henderson County Sheriff's Office said the officers responded to a complaint of gunshots being fired. 

“The HCSO found no evidence of a crime being committed,” Hillhouse said.

According to the report, there were two witnesses who heard the gunshots, but did not know where they came from, or who was doing the shooting.

Hillhouse said the officers tried to make contact with Coffee City Mayor Tony Moore, who was implicated in the incident.  Hillhouse said no one answered the door.

“The Henderson County Sheriff's Office does not plan on making any arrest in the case at this time,” he said.

The Mayor has been under fire recently for not vacating his city office until the next council meeting on Dec. 10. In the November election, a new mayor, and three new council people were elected. The new council has the backing of The Concerned Citizens of Coffee City.  Concerned Citizens blog writer Ray Roberts said, “The mayor is trying to keep the new council from being seated.”

The Mayor had said the council will be sworn in at the regularly-scheduled cancel meeting.

According to Hillhouse, the case has been forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for investigation.

District Attorney Scott McKee said, “No arrests have been made, and the case is still under investigation.”

The Review's attempt to contact Mayor Tony Moore on Tuesday were unsuccessful.