The Campaign For DA

9.23.2015

Wow. Former Rhome Officer Talks About Using Deadly Force.



He went from Rhome PD to the Nocona PD and ended up being called to the home of an off duty Montague Deputy who was killed. This is pretty riveting. It is a verbatim reproduction of his post which you can see more of in the following link.

From Facebook this morning:

Dear folks, good people of Rhome, many of you have come to me personally in the past requesting assistance or simply providing information against this illegal organization calling itself the City Council of Rhome and/or it's police chief. Today Deborah Becraft made an attempt to manipulate my feelings on their behalf via a Facebook post. I am choosing to show that not only did her attempt fail, but just how desperate such a poor person must be.

As those of you who reached out to me know, I have dedicated my life to serve and protect others. I am a police officer, a firefighter, and an EMT. I am a humble, servant-leader who wishes only to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and to protect the peaceful from violence and disorder. It is an oath I took and have remained faithful to.

As a police officer, I have been trained to handle a variety of situations. I always strived to gain compliance with a gentle word and when that wouldn't do, the absolute minimal use of force. Unfortunately on the morning of February 9th I had to use the ultimate force. Deadly force.

I was the only police officer on duty for the City of Nocona when I was sent to the home if an off-duty Sheriff's deputy. He was reported to be intoxicated, in possession of a weapon, and the caller was afraid that he was suicidal and/or would hurt someone. I requested back up from the Sheriff's Office and other officer's who lived in town but I knew that I didn't have time to wait the 20+ minutes it would take. I went to the home on Jordan drive and while my intent had been to wait for additional officers, I could hear the fight intensify and I became concerned for the safety of the innocent family inside. I entered the house and began calming the suspect. For nearly half an hour I gave my everything to calming the suspect and ultimately, my efforts allowed the wife and her four year old child to safely escape to safety.

What happened next is still hard for me to tell. Three young boys remained asleep in an adjacent bedroom when additional law enforcement arrived outside. In the end, I'll never know if he intended to kill me and those children or if it was a suicide, but without warning, the suspect pulled a .40 caliber handgun from his pocket. I reacted as I had been trained and drew my weapon. I shouted the command "drop the gun!" before he forced me to fire.

In less than a second it was over. As deputies rushed the house, I immediately called for EMS, a medevac helicopter, and had a deputy retrieve my EMT bag from my patrol car. The suspect's weapon was removed from him and I began to treat the injuries that I had been forced to inflict upon him. Despite my best efforts, he died.

Outside the residence, I felt my legs buckle and I fell to my knees. Without warning I began to cry and to pray out for that man. I didn't want his little boys growing up without their dad. All I wanted then, was for him to be ok.

In April 2015 the shooting was presented to a Montague County Grand Jury and I was cleared of any wrongdoing. I resigned from the agency the next week and chose to focus on my own health. I had to get away.

My attempts to live a quiet life have been shattered by the blatant disregard for professionalism, manners, the rule of law, and plain common sense. I am an honorable man and could not stand aside and watch this town be destroyed.

So go ahead Mrs Becraft, do your best to try and open that wound, but I assure you I have made peace with it. Also you're going to want to be careful with what information you release. Any attempt to release personal or identify information about me is not only criminal, but will be met with the swiftest legal action possible.

To all those who read this story, I only ask that you keep the family of Larry Hostetter in your prayers, because they will forever be in mine.

Truly,
Robert D Gillock

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Most residents could not stand Gillock while in Rhome, but would gladly swap him for the current crooks in charge now. Sympathy for the Devil by the Stones describes Rhome to a T these days.

Anonymous said...

Fall Fest will be nothing but a gossip and bash fest between citizens and city officials after reading this. Anyone in the know should probably avoid the drama this year.

Anonymous said...

Now Is the time for Becraft's husband to resign from the council. His wife just went too far on this.

Anonymous said...

Rhome needs the Pope to visit and bless away the evil that plagues it.

Anonymous said...

Always love the Annonymous comments. I never had a problem with him and have yet to meet one resident who does.

Anonymous said...

Rhome Fall Festival has absolutely nothing to do with this. The Festival is about making the community a better place for our children and raising money to improve the community for all to be able to enjoy. I hope that all will come out to the festival and enjoy all the vendors, food games and live bands this year.

Anonymous said...

I may go just to see the chief in his military fatigues or talk to space cadet Wilson on the council. Maybe see if I can bait council member Moore into bullying me.

Unknown said...

I have always liked Officer Gillock. He is a wonderful person and a great police officer.

Anonymous said...

Blogger Unknown said...
I have always liked Officer Gillock. He is a wonderful person and a great police officer.

5:13 PM

Is this officer Gillock speaking?

Anonymous said...

Rhome- We make Newark look classy!

Anonymous said...

Rhome is the result of a crash between a bus load of carnival workers and Irish travelers way back when. Neither had the funds to fix the repairs and move on so they just settled together. Those who couldn't cut it in Rhome were banished to Newark!

Anonymous said...

Where the hell is Rhome or Nocona? Must be Crackerville........ How many teeth can you count in Nocona, I bet I can on one hand.....

Chico City Council said...

Rhome makes Chico look awesome Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

I hear banjos playing all night from Rhome to Newark.

Anonymous said...

12:57:
"Most residents could not stand Gillock while in Rhome, but would gladly swap him for the current crooks in charge now. Sympathy for the Devil by the Stones describes Rhome to a T these days."

No, most of the residents couldn't pick him out of a line-up, because most of them had no interaction with the police. The ones who were critical of him were already in a select group.

Anonymous said...

4:12, you must be new to the scene. It hasn't been like you described in many years although your effort is very much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Rhine is the new Chico

Anonymous said...

The worst part is that the low life citizens are too scared to make a stand against tyranny. They get what they deserve.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious as to what the inbreeding coefficient of the Rhome population would be?

Anonymous said...

I feel just like him. I was a police officer for ten years and was involved in a call where a couple of folks were killed, an officer and a suspect (child). It was my call and I no longer work In law enforcement. At some point in my life I will be able to get over it. I was an honorable man working in a honorable profession. Things going on right now make me sick to my stomach cause believe it or not criminals live among us. Somebody really has to do deal with this reality folks. If society decides the police are not going to provide this service then who is? I am not willing to do it any longer and I choose to take care of my own with my own weapons and my own sense of right and wrong. You stupid ass liberal idiots can go to hell!

Anonymous said...

That is prime- I mean, BONA FIDE crazy right there.

Anonymous said...

What a great police officer. I totally believe his report on the fatal event. Suicide by cop is happening a lot these days. And, that is what I believe occurred. The right one died that day. It's just sad people can't control their inability to withstand their mental illness. So sorry for the children; but, they are better off without him. I hope this officer continues to heal well because it was not his fault. He did his job well that day!

Anonymous said...

I doubt most of the residents in Rhome even know what is going on and don't care. It's just the a few big wigs making drama.

Anonymous said...

I think it's not what happened at the shooting but the secrecy of the police department. They would not give any details that morning and then wouldn't allow reports being released even up until a little while ago...that is what caused the poor officer to look guilty of something, when it was actually suicide by cop and he did nothing wrong..a gun was pulled on him and other officers in the room...and there were three children asleep in their beds in a back room...so the guy committed suicide when he pulled the gun...the end.

Anonymous said...

I cried though the whole movie.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure your liberal TMPA would agree

Anonymous said...

Toughen up there Big Boy and pull those panties up...You signed on to do a job, NEXT...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I feel just like him. I was a police officer for ten years and was involved in a call where a couple of folks were killed, an officer and a suspect (child). It was my call and I no longer work In law enforcement. At some point in my life I will be able to get over it. I was an honorable man working in a honorable profession. Things going on right now make me sick to my stomach cause believe it or not criminals live among us. Somebody really has to do deal with this reality folks. If society decides the police are not going to provide this service then who is? I am not willing to do it any longer and I choose to take care of my own with my own weapons and my own sense of right and wrong. You stupid ass liberal idiots can go to hell!"

9:45 PM

Liar.

Anonymous said...

4:12.
I live right down the street from the park and will not attend. We are spending our money in lewisville. They put their money back to the community. You guys spend it for Nashville want to be ronnie moore and his ronnie moore star plex.. build a bathroom or pave the parking.. besides Lynard Skynyard is playing in Lewisville. Ronnie maybe if you could get them instead of saying you could get Tanya Tucker we might have a good turn out

Anonymous said...

412, you are correct. I suggest that everyone stay as far away from the park this weekend as possible.

Anonymous said...

This council is a joke. And anyone who stands for where their money is going gets harrassed. Or has others make comments to stir crap up. Ronnie is as pansy as pansy gets. His nose is so brown it looks like shoe polish. All they want is power and to spend taxpayers money. Chief thinks he is a super hero.... Not! And then there is JoAnn's watch dog who has something to say about everything. And there is so much more. But let's just say their future might be coming to an end shortly. There are plenty of resources out there that love to put an end to corruption. Look over ur shoulders u never know who is watching. Cameras could be everywhere. People will know who is wasting their money. And who is violating laws. U never know . you might think ur talking to an Alli but your not...think about it.

Anonymous said...

Really hmmm sounds good

Anonymous said...

We see,we watch, we know

Anonymous said...

rhome has too many people on the council stuck in 82, back when they were with uncle rico on the football team

Anonymous said...

Gillock was a bad cop and an idiot. He was one of those who gave other cops a bad name.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but he's a Saint compared to the new ones they hired.

Anonymous said...

lol @ 6:20
You must be new. We have been hearing that for years. Maybe Tanya will land her chopper on the pavilion this year.

Anonymous said...

What ever happened to officer brown.....he was a prick

Anonymous said...

Lot more to shooting. Departments just glad no one poked around hard enough to unravel dark secrets

Anonymous said...

Met Officer Gillock several times before - not one bit surprised this happened. Any city that gives him a badge and a gun is asking for trouble.