Friona Standoff Ends in Death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/21/04

Friona Standoff Ends in Death

Robbie Lynn Vaughn's last 22 hours of life: four cars stolen, multiple shots fired at police, and a 15 hour standoff. Robbie Lynn Vaughn met his end in the home of a Baptist minister.

Midnight in Friona. After a day of running from the law, Vaughn randomly breaks into a house, taking the family inside hostage. It is the home of Reverend Mark Stovall, his wife, and teenage daughter. Fortunately, within a few hours, all three were let go unharmed.

Vaughn stays behind, and when daylight arrives, he finds himself surrounded. Friona PD, Texas Rangers, Lubbock Police, Parmer County Sheriffs, Texas State Troopers running with shotguns. SWAT teams from Amarillo, Lubbock, and Austin.

"Vaughn is still inside the residence and considered dangerous and armed," said Friona Chief of Police Royce Goodson.

Outside the residence, an armored personnel carrier. Why the heavy artillery? By the time Vaughn had broken into the Stovall household, he had already fired several shots at a Texas State Trooper and Friona police officer.

"Shots were fired by the suspect at the officers," said Goodson.

More shots would ring out just after 11:00 a.m. Police responded with two rounds of tear gas, but Vaughn refused to surrender.

"The suspect is deceased," said Goodson.

Just after 2:00, 15 hours after taking over the home, he is killed by an LPD sniper.

"To my understanding, one shot and they got him," said Rick Carr, neighbor. He saw the SWAT team in action. "Two SWAT members over there, two SWAT members over there, and they saw him come out of the window and they shot him," he said.

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