Kilgore man arrested as firefighters battle house fire

Published on Monday, 25 August 2014 00:05 - Written by Faith Harper, fharper@tylerpaper.com

A Kilgore man was arrested for allegedly pointing a semi-automatic rifle at firefighters as they worked to put out a house fire in Rusk County.

Kilgore Fire Department and Kilgore Rescue were called to a home fire at 1512 Peach St., about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Kilgore Police Department.

The house was engulfed in flames and unoccupied when crews arrived.

While extinguishing the fire, a firefighter saw a person, identified as 39-year-old Kenny Wayne Davlin, of Kilgore, walking in the street carrying a handgun behind his back.

Davlin appeared to be very intoxicated to firefighters, and soon engaged in a scuffle with his wife who was seen attempting to disarm him and get him to go their nearby home, according to the release.

Kilgore Fire Marshal Brandon Bigos attempted to intervene and take Davlin into custody, but Davlin ran inside his house and came back out with an AR-15 rifle — pointing the rifle at the firefighters extinguishing the house fire.

Firefighters took cover behind fire trucks. Bigos shot Davlin, and he was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

Davlin was discharged Sunday morning and taken into police custody about 10 a.m.

He was booked into the Rusk County Jail and charge with one count of aggravated assault against a public servant, a first-degree felony. He was arraigned Sunday by Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Joe Sorrells, but no bond was set.

Texas Rangers and the Kilgore Police Department are investigating the incident.