ABC is airing its two-hour documentary Truth and Lies: Waco about the 1993 ATF raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. After the 51 day stand-off, the raid resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and six Branch Davidian members. Truth and Lies: Waco includes interviews with Branch Davidian members, former members including the women and children who survived the raid, and Lt. Larry Lynch of the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Lynch was on the phone that day with Branch Davidian member Wayne Martin who called 911 and pleaded, “Call it off!” Lynch recalls that when he heard gunfire he thought “thinks are getting out of hand.” Lynch says he had “an eight-hour class in negotiation prior to that” and just a few weeks prior to the raid. “As a police officer, you want to be in control of the situation and I didn’t feel like I was in control.” Lynch stayed on the phone negotiating for 36 hours. He helped broker a cease-fire to evacuate the wounded and dead ATF agents and some of the children and elderly members. Lynch later became Sheriff, and retired in 2012. Truth and Lies: Waco will air Thursday, January 4 at 9pm on ABC.
“There are children and women in here!” – Wayne Martin, a Branch Davidian, called 911 to call off the raid as gunfire broke out at the Mount Carmel Center near Waco, Texas on Feb. 28, 1993. “Truth and Lies: Waco” airs Thursday, Jan. 4, at 9/8c on ABC. https://t.co/fvqIrKLdTk pic.twitter.com/lmxtxQCd9n
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