Weatherford Democrat

March 13, 2014

Arrest ends standoff with armed man


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

PARKER COUNTY – A man accused of breaking into a neighbor’s house in northeast Parker County and threatening to shoot him was arrested Wednesday night after a brief standoff with deputies.

Douglas Wayne Dowis, 53, was charged with burglary of a habitation intending to commit assault, a second-degree felony.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Parker County Sheriff’s Officer received a call from a 34-year-old man who reported an apparently drunk Dowis had pulled a gun on him in the 300 block of Beaver Creek Drive and when he went inside and dialed 911, Dowis broke into the neighbor’s house and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t hang up the phone.

The 34-year-old man told deputies that Dowis woke him by banging on his door, and he answered the door but refused to go outside with the suspect.

The neighbor said he then heard Dowis speaking to a second neighbor and threatening to shoot someone so he went outside and confronted Dowis, according to the sheriff’s office. During a physical confrontation, Dowis reportedly pulled a handgun, cocked it and threatened to shoot the neighbor, according to the probable cause affidavit.

When he retreated inside his house, Dowis reportedly broke in and threatened the neighbor while he was using the phone, according to the sheriff’s office.

A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said she was unable to provide information about why Dowis was angry.

Responding deputies found Dowis in his own driveway near his residence, a fifth-wheel travel trailer, according to the sheriff’s office. Dowis allegedly pointed the gun at law enforcement and told them to back off before re-entering his own residence.

After authorities made several attempts to make contact with Dowis, who they believed to be barricaded inside the travel trailer, deputies reportedly saw Dowis walking through his back yard.

Dowis obeyed commands to put his hands above his head and get down on his knees and was taken in to custody, according to the sheriff’s office, which reported that a BB gun similar in structure to a Barretta handgun was dropped by Dowis near where he was taken into custody.

Dowis was booked in to the Parker County Jail shortly after 11 p.m., where he remained Thursday evening with bond set at $30,000.