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Parks Dept. employee arrested for making terroristic threat

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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - A city parks and recreation employee was arrested for making a terroristic threat and the matter is now under criminal investigation by police and the county/district attorney’s office.

Jeremy Wynn Borders, whose wife said he was getting "help for his problems," barricaded himself into his home on the outskirts of Waxahachie on Jan. 13, according to police incident reports and the arrest records.

"He wasn’t a public employee when this happened. Jeremy is a good person with a bad habit. he’s getting help now," said Becky Borders, Jeremy’s wife.

The City of Waxahachie confirmed last week Borders was no longer employed with the parks and recreation department, but according to records, he was paid $28,575 for his work as a maintenance worker.

His brother is a Waxahachie police officer, relatives said.

Borders, whom fellow employees described as an avid gun collector, reportedly "shot up" a maintenance shed behind Baylor Hospital on Main Street in Waxahachie before he was terminated for unknown reasons.

The Waxahachie Police Department sent an open records request from this newspaper to the county/district’s attorney’s office seeking an opinion on releasing certain information in the case due to the matter being under criminal investigation.

Witnesses and fellow employees, who asked not to be named for fear they, too, would be fired, reported the incident after seeing shell casings on the ground and listening on police scanner radios.

"One of the shell casings was found under the supervisor’s desk," said one parks department employee, who also mentioned an incident involving an unmarked city vehicle that could have prompted the termination.

Due to the WPD’s request from the county/district attorney’s office, it is unclear what bond amount Borders’ arrest was set at and what other details of the case were.

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