Deputy threatened with hatchet

February 6, 2013

A minor theft call developed into a potentially dangerous situation late Sunday afternoon for a Hood County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was threatened with a hatchet, Lieutenant Johnny Rose said.

Deanna Lynn Keith, of the 800 block of Ports O’ Call Drive in the Comanche Harbor subdivision, is accused of pulling a hatchet on the deputy after a vehicle pursuit that ended in the 5900 block of Fall Creek Highway near the front gate of deCordova, east of Granbury, Rose stated.

Keith, 48, had left a business on Highway 377 East in Granbury, then failed to stop when she was first engaged by the deputy’s vehicle in the 400 block of Fall Creek Highway, Rose said.

“When the pursuit was terminated, Keith threatened officers with a hatchet she held in her hand,” Rose said. “Officers face dangerous situations every day. We’re glad everybody’s okay.”

Keith was arrested and charged with a first-degree felony – aggravated assault on a peace officer ($60,000 bond). The pursuit resulted in a third-degree felony count of evading arrest with a motor vehicle ($30,000 bond).

“Keith also had a federal U.S. Marshal robbery warrant for her arrest, with no bond,” Rose stated of the probation/parole violation.

Court documents show that in August 2005, Keith tried to appeal her guilty-plea conviction from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in a 2003 armed robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank. The appeal, before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, was denied. That robbery incident included a bizarre situation in which money from the robbery was thrown out of a vehicle during a high-speed chase with Fort Worth police officers.


Two Granbury men are facing a state jail felony count of possession of a controlled substance, Rose said, after a traffic stop made by a deputy at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The driver of the vehicle was Grady Lee Smith, 31, and passenger was William Michael Burns, 28, both of the 900 block of Victoria Court, Rose said.

The stop, made in the 9500 block of Highway 377 in Cresson, revealed under 1 gram of methamphetamine, Rose said. Each was released from the Hood County Jail after posting $5,000 bond, booking records show.

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