Man is charged with holding kids, pastor as hostages at church
A man from rural Texas County is charged with assaulting two law enforcement officers and holding his two children and a church pastor as hostages on Monday evening. Deputies say Erik Dailing of Bucyrus was upset because his wife planned to leave him and take their children.
Deputies went to the family’s home northwest of Houston about 5:30 Monday evening after 9-1-1 call takers got calls from both Dailing and his wife. He was upset that his wife was leaving with the children. She was upset because Dailing was pacing in the yard with a gun and wouldn’t let her leave, according to the probable cause statement used as the basis of the charges against Dailing.
By the time deputies got to the home, Dailing had left the home with the two children and gone to Success Baptist Church, near the community of Success. The deputies went to the church and found Dailing talking to the pastor, Teddy Moore.
Moore walked up to a patrol car to talk to a deputy. Dailing, who was carrying a handgun, then moved his vehicle next to the church, got out, took his children out of the vehicle, and walked them to the front of the vehicle. He then told the two deputies that, if they tried to draw their guns, he would kill them, according to the probable cause statement.
“Mr. Dailing then opened the passenger side door, gun still in hand, where he retrieved an assault rifle, and extra magazines. Mr. Dailing holstered his handgun, placed his rifle at low ready, and began walking backwards towards the church doors, advising Mr. Moore to get inside with his children. Mr. Dailing advised (the deputies) that, if we approached the door to the church he would kill us, and then began asking us to come up to the door. Once Mr. Dailing had both of his children, the pastor, and himself inside the church, (the deputies) tactically retreated, until backup could arrive,” a deputy wrote in the conclusion of the probable cause statement.
The Houston Herald reports Sheriff James Sigman and 10 other officers arrived at the church just after 6:30. That included six deputies and four state troopers. The sheriff talked with Dailing by phone, and then he and a detective walked up to the church and talked to Dailing through the front door. He still had a gun in his hand but the sheriff and the detective grabbed him and wrestled him to the ground, ending the standoff about 7:45. They seized Dailing’s two guns as evidence.
Dailing is charged with two counts of assaulting law enforcement officers because of his threat to shoot them if they drew their guns, armed criminal action, and three counts of kidnapping for holding the children and the pastor as his hostages. He is in the Texas County jail.