Texas ‘Sovereign Citizen’ After Firing On Police: ‘I Seceded From The Nation. This Is Doug-E-Stan Right Here’
New details on the Texas man who described himself as a “sovereign citizen” and wreaked havoc on Monday night in a Dallas neighborhood have emerged. “I seceded from the nation. This is Doug-e-stan right here,” 60-year-old Douglas LeGuin told a 911 dispatcher on Monday.
The dispatcher asked his name, to which he responded, “Dougie Doug from Doug-e-stan,” further explaining that Doug-e-stan was “a little republic” he had just started.
WFAA reports that Douglas LeGuin is from Corinth with no criminal history. LeGuin set up an ambush for police, then opened fire on Monday afternoon. After LeGuin gained entry to a gated subdivision, he allegedly knocked on a door and threatened a babysitter and an eight-year-old girl who were inside the home. He ordered them to leave and when the two refused, the babysitter took the child and hid inside the residence.
According to police, the man then booby-trapped the outside of the home with propane tanks and jars of flammable liquids. After setting a fire, he then called 911 to lure firefighters to the home, according to investigators. As they arrived, he began firing on them, and hit their fire truck.
It was around the same time that LeGuin’s wife called Denton County deputies to report her husband missing. Through his cellphone, authorities tracked down his location and Dallas officers were sent to the scene. When officers arrived, shots were fired at them as well. One cruiser was hit, but no officers were injured.
According to Dallas police Maj. Jeff Cotner, LeGuin had multiple weapons and a significant amount of ammunition in his possession. While the suspect was on the phone with the dispatcher, authorities surrounded him. “I got an officer coming at me; tell him to back off,” he told the dispatcher.
According to WFAA, when the dispatcher told him to follow instructions, LeGuin replied, “I’m not gonna follow instructions.” LeGuin told the dispatcher he had a clear mind and a full heart. The suspect added several times that he he had “seceded,” and was claiming the neighborhood he was in to be “Doug-e-stan.” “I’m pissed off at America,” he told the 911 dispatcher. “America is broke, got a sorry government, and the people won’t vote.”
LeGuin eventually surrendered when a SWAT team closed in on him. LeGuin has not been cooperative with interrogators, so they are not clear as to his motivation. “Right now, we’ve not found any connection to the home or the homeowners,” Cotner said. He added, “So far they have not found any sort of definitive affiliation with any group or anti-government movement.”
The babysitter and the child was rescued after devices surrounding the home had been dismantled in “Doug-e-stan.”
LeGuin’s bond is set at $350,000 — $50,000 for each count of assault on a public servant.
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