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Man Arrested for Shooting at Helicopter, Setting Fire to Home

HILL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) - UPDATE: A Hill County man is in jail after bullets fly and a home is burned down in a dramatic standoff with local law enforcement. 

Robert Evans was arrested early Tuesday morning. Evans is accused of shooting at Hill County deputies, trying to take down DPS helicopter and burning down his neighbors home in Covington, Monday night. Covington is located 14 miles Northwest of Hillsboro. 

Thankfully no one was injured in last night's shooting. Evans faces 11 charges ranging from assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer to a federal charge of firing at an aircraft.

A large pile of ash and rubble is all that's left of Cindy Lou Shield's home after an overnight standoff between her neighbor Robert Evans and local law enforcement.

“I'm upset I've lost everything, everything. I don't have nothing now, nothing at all. And why he did this to me is beyond me.”

Deputies say when they arrived at the home they found Robert Evans armed with a shotgun and a pistol.  

Hill County Sheriff Michael Cox called the incident "a neighborly dispute that quickly escalated."

Law enforcement agencies from as far as Waco and Woodway assisted.

“They had Waco swat team, they had the helicopters going,” says Shields. “It was bang, bang. Shooting and everything was going on. It was crazy last night, scary and crazy.”   

During that standoff authorities say Evans set fire to his neighbor's home then ran into the nearby woods for cover while opening fire at deputies.

“He did start firing shots at the deputies,” says Cox. “So then we were eventually able to locate the suspect and kept him at bay for a while but he fired several shots at the deputies as well as the helicopters.”

Authorities say Evans set fire to his neighbor's home at some point during the standoff. 

In just a matter of hours more than a decades worth of family memories is now nothing more than a pile of ashes.

The firefighters weren't allowed in to put out the fire because Evans was shooting at officers.  Shield's could do nothing but watch as the home she lived in for 15 years burned down. She says even though she lost her home, she's thankful just to be alive.

"This can be replaced. This is material things can be replaced,” says Shields. “But I can always start over. I have my family, thank God.

Evans remains in the Hill County Jail and his bail is set at $1.1 million. Evans is already a convicted felon and has a lengthy criminal rap sheet. Investigators say he has a history of mental illness. 

DPS Troopers in a helicopter exchanged gunfire with a man on the ground in Hill County overnight. It started when a man allegedly set his neighbor's home on fire near the intersection of Highway 171 and FM 67. Hill County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters were called to the scene. A man in a wooded area started shooting at the deputies. A DPS tactical helicopter was dispatched, and located the man in the woods. Gunfire was exchanged between those officers and the man on the ground. No one in the helicopter was hit by the gunfire. Police believe the man set fire to the home after getting into an argument. He surrendered to police and was taken into custody. We will continue to update this story as we get information.

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