Saturday, February 18, 2017

Texas Inmate Climbs Tall Basketball Goal

An East Texas inmate didn't score any points with a bizarre shot on a basketball goal in jail. Instead, Gustavo Zavala-Garcia got wrestled down by firefighters.

Zavala-Garcia climbed 18 feet to the top of scaffolding holding up a basketball goal at the Smith County Jail in Tyler, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2017. And, there he sat for about two hours, as sheriff's deputies looked on. The inmate didn't respond to deputies who tried to talk him down.

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So, a local store, Cindy's Balloons Party Store, donated a bounce house to put under the goal, in case Zavala-Garcia fell or jumped. But, Zavala-Garcia, who is awaiting trial for the slaying of 10-year-old Kayla Gomez in November 2016, did neither. He stayed put atop the goal post.

Firefighters climbed up and confronted him after about two hours, bringing the strange standoff to an end around 3:30 p.m.


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