Man Holds Officers At Bay For Four Hours

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POSTED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 7:15pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 7:20pm

A man was arrested after holding officers at bay for four hours in south El Paso. Police closed several blocks of Paisano and several schools went on lock down.

People stood or sat outside their homes for hours watching the commotion on Paisano and Virginia on Monday.

“It never happens around here. This is a quite neighborhood," said Ricky Cortez.

El Paso County Constables went to the apartment building at 9:15 a.m. to serve a writ of possession, or to recover someone's property.

The sheriff's office said the man started fighting with the constable.

"The constable was able to taze him. That taze did not affect him. He started fighting them and he was able to close the door. The constables kicked the door down, they tazed him again. At that time, he produced a gun" said El Paso County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Chris Acosta.

The constables retreated from the apartment and the suspect barricaded himself inside.

The sheriff's office negotiated with him until 1:30 in the afternoon.

"They could see what he was doing at that time. He got distracted so our SWAT officers found the opportunity to take him down at that time," said Acosta.

For a third time, they hit him with a tazer gun and arrested him.

Ricky Cortez lives across the street and said he works out with the suspect.

"I met him at the gym where he works out. I don't know why he got frustrated," said Cortez. "I'm gonna miss him at the gym because he likes to work out."

Aoy, La Fe, Lydia Patterson and Raymond Telles schools went on lock down but that was lifted by early afternoon.

The standoff crippled businesses nearby, like the Good Coffee Mexican Restaurant on Florence and Paisano, usually packed at lunch.

"People had to go elsewhere I guess. Usually we have a lot of customers in here but today was dead," said employee Ruben Medrano.

Finally, business can return to normal.

"Everything's cleared out. People are more than welcome. We're here. We're open," said Ruben Medrano.

SWAT officers took the suspect to University Medical Center for evaluation. They'll book him in the El Paso County jail on charges of assaulting a peace officer.

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