The situation was terrifying for the security guards and police officers involved. They were surrounded by a mob of unionists wielding baseball bats and axe handles who were vandalizing company property, assaulting personnel and participating in a carjackings.
From the Columbian:
One of the most frightening parts of the incident was when several saboteures, blocked a Columbia Security officer, (a 48 year old Longview man)dragged him out of his security patrol vehicle, took the vehicle and after recklessly driving it around the EGT facility, crashed it into an embankment. "This is no different than if it had happened on the street, or in the parking lot of any local business." Sheriff Nelson said. "It was a felonious act."