Sheriff honors Cleburne SWAT team
Johnson County Sheriff Adam King has formally recommended that 12 Cleburne Police Department SWAT team members receive the Life Saving Award – one of the highest honors a law enforcement official within a police department can receive.
In a March 20 letter issued to Cleburne Police Chief Rob Severance, King nominated the Cleburne SWAT team for its superlative performance saving lives during a March 9 standoff in Godley.
Suspect Michael Ward Seddon, 26, was firing shots in a neighborhood.
“Without their actions, the suspect very likely would have been deceased before being extracted from the residence,” the sheriff wrote in his recommendation.
King specifically has nominated Lt. Gary Mosley, Cpl. Keith Fox, Cpl. Dale Abbott,
Cpl. Robert Sigler, Sgt. Neal Sandlin, officers James Hailey, Donnie Riddell, Clay Carmack, Aaron Beseda, Brian Davenport and Trey West, and firefighter/paramedic Josh Hill for the award.
When the shooting began, Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene as Godley officers were negotiating with Seddon, who had entered his residence.
But the situation escalated when the suspect announced that all women and children should be removed from the neighborhood immediately, the sheriff’s letter states.
A short while after that, Seddon exited his home and started firing at officers, reports show.
Sheriff’s deputies, Godley Police officers and a state trooper returned fire.
The suspect then went back inside his residence. Communication was reestablished, but the suspect – who had been hit several times with gunfire – refused to leave.
Sheriff’s radioed for assistance from the Cleburne SWAT team.
Cleburne SWAT members arrived on the scene with a robot. They used it to determine the suspect was on the floor next to a couch in a fetal position.
Cleburne SWAT entered the residence and was able to secure Seddon, then carry him out of the home to medical attention without further incident.
Reached by phone on Tuesday evening, Lt. Mosley said he was unaware of the sheriff’s accolade, but was very grateful for it.
“It’s always good to be recognized for what you do,” Mosley said. “This was a very serious situation. The Cleburne fireman we have on our SWAT team was able to give the suspect medical treatment inside the house. We are very proud of him. I’m happy to hear about this nomination and will tell the guys about it in the morning.”