Police Arrest Man After 9 Hour SWAT Standoff in Central El Paso
POSTED: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 11:42am
UPDATED: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 11:42am
EL PASO – Police have arrested the man responsible for a tense, 9 hour long standoff with the SWAT team in Central El Paso Monday morning.
Neighbors in the usually quiet neighborhood woke up to see police officers armed with rifles right outside their front door.
"I've been here 25 years and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened around here," said neighbor Rick Drayton.
Word quickly spread between neighbors about what was unfolding next door.
"There was someone that barricaded himself in a bomb shelter and he was heavily loaded," said Drayton.
It was around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when police got a call about a family fight at a house in the 3400 block of Lebanon.
“Officers arrived and what they were able to find was that an assault had occurred," said El Paso Police spokesman Darrel Petry.
He said officers were able to get about 4 or 5 people out of the house safely including the victim.
But the suspect stayed inside, barricading himself with weapons.
Police evacuated nearby homes, and sent neighbors to stay in city buses with the Red Cross.
"Officers who arrived called for the crisis management team. They arrived and began conversation with the man," said Petry.
After more than 5 hours of negotiation, the SWAT team moved in and used tear gas to subdue the man.
EPISD had to delay class by an hour at nearby Austin High and Crockett Elementary until police reopened surrounding streets. Neighbors are left wondering what was behind the tense standoff.
"I'm just wondering who it is and why it happened. That's all I want to know," said Drayton.
Police have not released the suspect's name, but said he is 32-years-old.