Scott Lattin, 45, of Whitney, who painted the message “Police Lives Matter” on the rear window of his pickup after the murder of a Harris County deputy and then told police he woke up to find the truck vandalized, was arrested Friday and charged with false report to a peace officer.
Whitney police arrested Lattin at his home without incident, according to a post on the Whitney Police Department’s Facebook page.
He was ordered held in lieu of $2,500 bond.
“The investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending,” the Facebook post said.
Lattin later told told KDFW-TV the allegations are “absolutely not true.”
Reports about the vandalism earlier this month sparked an outpouring of donations and support.
Donations to an account set up for Lattin and his family on the fundraising GoFundMe website totaled about $6,000 at the time of the arrest Friday and the damaged truck was undergoing repairs at a body shop in the Dallas area whose operators agreed to do the work for free.
The family has also received direct cash donations.
Lattin told police and reporters earlier that he painted the pro-law-enforcement message on the truck on the same day as the funeral for Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, a 10-year law enforcement veteran, who was shot 15 times on Aug. 28 in what authorities said was a coldblooded execution-style murder while pumping gas into his patrol unit.
Lattin said he woke up the next day to find that vandals had spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” on the side of the truck, as well as an expletive “F*** The Police” and a cryptic hashtag, “#FYF,” which is evidently shorthand for “F*** your family,” F*** your family,” or “F*** your feelings.”
He told reporters the inside of the truck was also damaged.
He said the seats were slashed and said some items were stolen.