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3/22/04

Friona Standoff - The Day After

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Before the SWAT teams, and the tear gas, and the troopers with shotguns, there was a man on the run.

"And he said, 'I'm not going to hurt anyone, but I just need a car now," said Mary Barnett. She met Robby Lynn Vaughn in her living room. She was ironing her husband's shirt for Sunday service when Vaughn broke in. He was polite, she said, but determined. "And he said, 'I'm going to die tonight," she said.

Before he took off in their van, Mary's husband asked Vaughn one question. "He said, 'Are you ready to meet your maker?,' and the young man said, 'I've done a lot of bad things in my life,' but he said, 'I've asked for forgiveness,' and he said, 'Yes."

Racing down the street, followed by a phalanx of police, hearing sirens everywhere, Betty Renner called her pastor to warn him of the danger. "I called and said, 'Mark lock your doors, there's this guy that the police are looking for and I don't know if they've found him,' and he (Stovall) said, 'I found him," she said.

1207 9th Place, the home of Reverend Mark Stovall. Hostage of Robby Lynn Vaughn, healer to a man in pain. "And he asked the man if he could pray for him and the man said yes and he (Stovall) said, 'I need to put my hands on you,' and he (Vaughn) said ok, and he (Stovall) said, 'I need you to put the gun down,' and he (Vaughn) said ok. And he prayed on the man and he was very touched and he (Vaughn) cried," said Renner.

12 hours later, Vaughn was dead, slumped out the bathroom window, a Lubbock Police sniper ending the standoff. "He'd rather die than go to prison," said Renner.

The day after in Friona, mostly feelings of relief. "It's just a miracle that they're all alive," said Renner. But also, feelings of sadness, for a stranger's troubled soul and violent end. "Well, he was somebody's son," said a choked up Barnett.

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