Affidavit, neighbors shed light on Terrell Hills standoff situation

Jerome George Parma Jr., 61, shot by police

TERRELL HILLS, Texas – A man remains in police custody after a police standoff Saturday in Terrell Hills that lasted about five hours.

Now the neighbors of Jerome George Parma Jr. are recounting the tense moments.

The arrest affidavit showed Parma, Jr. 61, is being charged with deadly conduct by discharging a firearm in the direction of one or more persons.

Around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a suspicious person call, which turned out to be Parma, sitting on the 300 block of Elizabeth Street.

When they approached him, he went into his home and when police followed Parma allegedly fired his gun.

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After trying to negotiate and contact the suspect, police shot Parma and he was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

According to the affidavit, the suspect’s family said he is suffering from several mental issues and possibly depression.

What started as a typical Saturday night for the Rybacky family turned out to be far from it.

"I pulled into the garage in the minivan. I left the door open, grabbed my things and then I heard a gunshot go off," said Richard Rybacky, who lives next door to where the stand-off took place.

That's when Rybacky closed the doors, went upstairs and saw police taking cover behind a car.

"Shortly after 11 o'clock, I heard a very loud shot," Rybacky said. "Then I heard the police yelling and they were obviously yelling at the suspect, things like ‘Get down. Don't move.’ Things like that."

That was the moment Parma was shot and transported to the hospital.

KSAT looked at crime statistics in the area and the only other incident reported this year was a theft a few blocks away.

"Not something that is too surprising, you don't expect it to happen. No one expects it to happen in their neighborhood,” Bob Cohen said. “I don't care what kind of neighborhood it is, but it can, it has and it did and I'm just glad nobody was hurt."

Cohen lives directly in front of the house where the standoff happened and walked outside just as the situation unfolded.

"Goodness gracious, I had no idea anything like that was going on. We just waited back and stayed out of their way and did what they asked," Cohen said.

About the Author:

Max Massey is the GMSA weekend anchor and a general assignments reporter. Max has been live at some of the biggest national stories out of Texas in recent years, including the Sutherland Springs shooting, Hurricane Harvey and the manhunt for the Austin bomber. Outside of work, Max follows politics and sports, especially Penn State, his alma mater.