Employee of the Month

Oct 07, 2019

The call to Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Chance Maddox and his trainee partner, Deputy Vicki Gardiner, from the Sheriff’s dispatcher was what most law enforcement personnel consider to be a rather routine well fair check. But on Sunday, September 22nd that call which, at first, seemed somewhat “routine” turned out to be anything but routine.

It also led to the selection of Deputy Chance Maddox as the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month for the manner in which the potentially deadly situation was handled by Maddox.

Following the initial call for a well fair check came the information the subject of the call had emotional issues but information from the family who was calling the dispatcher also assured the deputies the man had no guns or other weapons but was only being difficult to handle. Both Maddox and Gardiner arrived on CR 308 in north Liberty County quickly and after talking to some relatives started approaching the mobile home which sat on a rather exposed piece of property. As deputies approached the front door they saw a man standing inside near the large plate glass window holding an AR15 rifle and obviously trying work the mechanism while a relative stood in the doorway. With no cover available in the front yard, Maddox quickly ran to the side of the mobile home while Gardiner stayed close to the side of the building and covered the back door. According to Maddox each deputy was well aware the thin walls of the mobile home and their hand guns would be no match for the AR15 rifle if this situation got out of control.

It was obvious this situation was becoming critical and could result in a possible shooting incident so, following normal safety policy, Maddox requested back-up units to assist. However, lacking enough manpower in the county the closest responding unit was a D.P.S Trooper responding from Hwy. 90 and the Harris County line. A good 25 minutes away.

The relative went inside the home and tried to talk the man into dropping the AR15 but in the mental state the man was in, it was the deputies who were his enemy and he was going to defend himself at any cost. The relative managed to grab the barrel of the AR15 while Maddox rushed in and immediately neutralized the situation by the use of his less than lethal tazer. The individual, who had been diagnosed with PTSD but off his medication for some time was secured and sent to a hospital for evaluation. However his parting comment was somewhat chilling when he told the deputies, “ This was your lucky day because I have never had a gun jam on me before.”

Sgt. Tommy Koen who recommended Maddox for this monthly honor said, “ Deputy Maddox took charge of the situation and placed the other deputy around the building while keeping the other relatives a safe distance from the incident thus assuring their safety as well and all the while bringing this situation to a successful and non-lethal conclusion.”

Deputy Maddox graduated from the University of Houston Downtown in May of 2012 and after gaining experience with the City of Liberty, Dayton and Baytown Police Departments he joined the LCSO in May of 2017. Since his graduation from the Police Academy he has amassed over 2000 hours of various police class training hours and presently holds an Intermediate classification while only being a few hours away from earning his Advanced certification.

Not one to be idle in his spare time, he has been a race car driver since he was 17 years old. He presently races his 2018 Mustang on a controlled flat tracks at places like the Baytown speedway and other near-by state tracks. He said he hopes that his style of racing under controlled conditions would encourage others to take their racing off the public streets and onto the controlled atmosphere of a well supervised race track.

According to Maddox, his desire to become a law enforcement Officer is long standing and he looks forward to a long career in his chosen field. He is quoted as saying his experience with the case that brought him this selection made it even more clear that more personnel are needed within the Sheriff’s Office.

It is with pride and appreciation for a job very well done that Sheriff Bobby Rader and his entire agency ask the public to salute Deputy Chance Maddox for being selected the Employee of the Month for October, 2019. (END)

Thank you,

Capt. Ken DeFoor

Public Information Officer

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

(OFF) (936) 336-4535

(CELL) (936) 334-4083


The call to Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Chance Maddox and his trainee partner, Deputy Vicki Gardiner, from the Sheriff’s dispatcher was what most law enforcement personnel consider to be a rather routine well fair check. But on Sunday, September 22nd that call which, at first, seemed somewhat “routine” turned out to be anything but routine.

It also led to the selection of Deputy Chance Maddox as the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month for the manner in which the potentially deadly situation was handled by Maddox.

Following the initial call for a well fair check came the information the subject of the call had emotional issues but information from the family who was calling the dispatcher also assured the deputies the man had no guns or other weapons but was only being difficult to handle. Both Maddox and Gardiner arrived on CR 308 in north Liberty County quickly and after talking to some relatives started approaching the mobile home which sat on a rather exposed piece of property. As deputies approached the front door they saw a man standing inside near the large plate glass window holding an AR15 rifle and obviously trying work the mechanism while a relative stood in the doorway. With no cover available in the front yard, Maddox quickly ran to the side of the mobile home while Gardiner stayed close to the side of the building and covered the back door. According to Maddox each deputy was well aware the thin walls of the mobile home and their hand guns would be no match for the AR15 rifle if this situation got out of control.

It was obvious this situation was becoming critical and could result in a possible shooting incident so, following normal safety policy, Maddox requested back-up units to assist. However, lacking enough manpower in the county the closest responding unit was a D.P.S Trooper responding from Hwy. 90 and the Harris County line. A good 25 minutes away.

The relative went inside the home and tried to talk the man into dropping the AR15 but in the mental state the man was in, it was the deputies who were his enemy and he was going to defend himself at any cost. The relative managed to grab the barrel of the AR15 while Maddox rushed in and immediately neutralized the situation by the use of his less than lethal tazer. The individual, who had been diagnosed with PTSD but off his medication for some time was secured and sent to a hospital for evaluation. However his parting comment was somewhat chilling when he told the deputies, “ This was your lucky day because I have never had a gun jam on me before.”

Sgt. Tommy Koen who recommended Maddox for this monthly honor said, “ Deputy Maddox took charge of the situation and placed the other deputy around the building while keeping the other relatives a safe distance from the incident thus assuring their safety as well and all the while bringing this situation to a successful and non-lethal conclusion.”

 

Deputy Maddox graduated from the University of Houston Downtown in May of 2012 and after gaining experience with the City of Liberty, Dayton and Baytown Police Departments he joined the LCSO in May of 2017. Since his graduation from the Police Academy he has amassed over 2000 hours of various police class training hours and presently holds an Intermediate classification while only being a few hours away from earning his Advanced certification.

Not one to be idle in his spare time, he has been a race car driver since he was 17 years old. He presently races his 2018 Mustang on a controlled flat tracks at places like the Baytown speedway and other near-by state tracks. He said he hopes that his style of racing under controlled conditions would encourage others to take their racing off the public streets and onto the controlled atmosphere of a well supervised race track.

 

According to Maddox, his desire to become a law enforcement Officer is long standing and he looks forward to a long career in his chosen field. He is quoted as saying his experience with the case that brought him this selection made it even more clear that more personnel are needed within the Sheriff’s Office.

 

It is with pride and appreciation for a job very well done that Sheriff Bobby Rader and his entire agency ask the public to salute Deputy Chance Maddox for being selected the Employee of the Month for October, 2019. (END)

 

Thank you,

Capt. Ken DeFoor

Public Information Officer

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

(OFF)  (936) 336-4535

(CELL) (936) 334-4083

The call to Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Chance Maddox and his trainee partner, Deputy Vicki Gardiner, from the Sheriff’s dispatcher was what most law enforcement personnel consider to be a rather routine well fair check. But on Sunday, September 22nd that call which, at first, seemed somewhat “routine” turned out to be anything but routine.

It also led to the selection of Deputy Chance Maddox as the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month for the manner in which the potentially deadly situation was handled by Maddox.

Following the initial call for a well fair check came the information the subject of the call had emotional issues but information from the family who was calling the dispatcher also assured the deputies the man had no guns or other weapons but was only being difficult to handle. Both Maddox and Gardiner arrived on CR 308 in north Liberty County quickly and after talking to some relatives started approaching the mobile home which sat on a rather exposed piece of property. As deputies approached the front door they saw a man standing inside near the large plate glass window holding an AR15 rifle and obviously trying work the mechanism while a relative stood in the doorway. With no cover available in the front yard, Maddox quickly ran to the side of the mobile home while Gardiner stayed close to the side of the building and covered the back door. According to Maddox each deputy was well aware the thin walls of the mobile home and their hand guns would be no match for the AR15 rifle if this situation got out of control.

It was obvious this situation was becoming critical and could result in a possible shooting incident so, following normal safety policy, Maddox requested back-up units to assist. However, lacking enough manpower in the county the closest responding unit was a D.P.S Trooper responding from Hwy. 90 and the Harris County line. A good 25 minutes away.

The relative went inside the home and tried to talk the man into dropping the AR15 but in the mental state the man was in, it was the deputies who were his enemy and he was going to defend himself at any cost. The relative managed to grab the barrel of the AR15 while Maddox rushed in and immediately neutralized the situation by the use of his less than lethal tazer. The individual, who had been diagnosed with PTSD but off his medication for some time was secured and sent to a hospital for evaluation. However his parting comment was somewhat chilling when he told the deputies, “ This was your lucky day because I have never had a gun jam on me before.”

Sgt. Tommy Koen who recommended Maddox for this monthly honor said, “ Deputy Maddox took charge of the situation and placed the other deputy around the building while keeping the other relatives a safe distance from the incident thus assuring their safety as well and all the while bringing this situation to a successful and non-lethal conclusion.”

 

Deputy Maddox graduated from the University of Houston Downtown in May of 2012 and after gaining experience with the City of Liberty, Dayton and Baytown Police Departments he joined the LCSO in May of 2017. Since his graduation from the Police Academy he has amassed over 2000 hours of various police class training hours and presently holds an Intermediate classification while only being a few hours away from earning his Advanced certification.

Not one to be idle in his spare time, he has been a race car driver since he was 17 years old. He presently races his 2018 Mustang on a controlled flat tracks at places like the Baytown speedway and other near-by state tracks. He said he hopes that his style of racing under controlled conditions would encourage others to take their racing off the public streets and onto the controlled atmosphere of a well supervised race track.

 

According to Maddox, his desire to become a law enforcement Officer is long standing and he looks forward to a long career in his chosen field. He is quoted as saying his experience with the case that brought him this selection made it even more clear that more personnel are needed within the Sheriff’s Office.

 

It is with pride and appreciation for a job very well done that Sheriff Bobby Rader and his entire agency ask the public to salute Deputy Chance Maddox for being selected the Employee of the Month for October, 2019. (END)

 

Thank you,

Capt. Ken DeFoor

Public Information Officer

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

(OFF)  (936) 336-4535

(CELL) (936) 334-4083

The call to Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Chance Maddox and his trainee partner, Deputy Vicki Gardiner, from the Sheriff’s dispatcher was what most law enforcement personnel consider to be a rather routine well fair check. But on Sunday, September 22nd that call which, at first, seemed somewhat “routine” turned out to be anything but routine.

It also led to the selection of Deputy Chance Maddox as the Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Month for the manner in which the potentially deadly situation was handled by Maddox.

Following the initial call for a well fair check came the information the subject of the call had emotional issues but information from the family who was calling the dispatcher also assured the deputies the man had no guns or other weapons but was only being difficult to handle. Both Maddox and Gardiner arrived on CR 308 in north Liberty County quickly and after talking to some relatives started approaching the mobile home which sat on a rather exposed piece of property. As deputies approached the front door they saw a man standing inside near the large plate glass window holding an AR15 rifle and obviously trying work the mechanism while a relative stood in the doorway. With no cover available in the front yard, Maddox quickly ran to the side of the mobile home while Gardiner stayed close to the side of the building and covered the back door. According to Maddox each deputy was well aware the thin walls of the mobile home and their hand guns would be no match for the AR15 rifle if this situation got out of control.

It was obvious this situation was becoming critical and could result in a possible shooting incident so, following normal safety policy, Maddox requested back-up units to assist. However, lacking enough manpower in the county the closest responding unit was a D.P.S Trooper responding from Hwy. 90 and the Harris County line. A good 25 minutes away.

The relative went inside the home and tried to talk the man into dropping the AR15 but in the mental state the man was in, it was the deputies who were his enemy and he was going to defend himself at any cost. The relative managed to grab the barrel of the AR15 while Maddox rushed in and immediately neutralized the situation by the use of his less than lethal tazer. The individual, who had been diagnosed with PTSD but off his medication for some time was secured and sent to a hospital for evaluation. However his parting comment was somewhat chilling when he told the deputies, “ This was your lucky day because I have never had a gun jam on me before.”

Sgt. Tommy Koen who recommended Maddox for this monthly honor said, “ Deputy Maddox took charge of the situation and placed the other deputy around the building while keeping the other relatives a safe distance from the incident thus assuring their safety as well and all the while bringing this situation to a successful and non-lethal conclusion.”

 

Deputy Maddox graduated from the University of Houston Downtown in May of 2012 and after gaining experience with the City of Liberty, Dayton and Baytown Police Departments he joined the LCSO in May of 2017. Since his graduation from the Police Academy he has amassed over 2000 hours of various police class training hours and presently holds an Intermediate classification while only being a few hours away from earning his Advanced certification.

Not one to be idle in his spare time, he has been a race car driver since he was 17 years old. He presently races his 2018 Mustang on a controlled flat tracks at places like the Baytown speedway and other near-by state tracks. He said he hopes that his style of racing under controlled conditions would encourage others to take their racing off the public streets and onto the controlled atmosphere of a well supervised race track.

 

According to Maddox, his desire to become a law enforcement Officer is long standing and he looks forward to a long career in his chosen field. He is quoted as saying his experience with the case that brought him this selection made it even more clear that more personnel are needed within the Sheriff’s Office.

 

It is with pride and appreciation for a job very well done that Sheriff Bobby Rader and his entire agency ask the public to salute Deputy Chance Maddox for being selected the Employee of the Month for October, 2019. (END)

 

Thank you,

Capt. Ken DeFoor

Public Information Officer

Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

(OFF)  (936) 336-4535

(CELL) (936) 334-4083



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