SWAT ends peacefully, man taken to hospital for evaluation
POSTED: Monday, May 19, 2014 - 3:25pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 9:22am
Rushing from Yvette to Transmountain open
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — High drama in the Northeast Monday as police shut down streets and evacuates local schools after getting calls of a serious chemical threat. This all started as swat situation -- but quickly escalated as police learned what might be inside a resident's home.
It was a welfare check that led them to close Rushing all the way to Transmountain to Yvette, according to police. A routine check quickly became anything but routine -- when police were called out to the 52-hundred block of Orleans. "There was the possibility of some dangerous chemicals that may have been at the residence." Darrel Petry, Spokesman with the El Paso Police Department explained.
That tip came from the relative of the homeowner -- who called police. A threat credible enough that police shut down the streets and contacted nearby schools.
"It was scary,” a woman who lives in the area said. This woman had to pick up her nephew from Irvin High School. After the school he attends, Dowell elementary, was evacuated. Dowell is just a three minute walk away from the Swat scene. "Yeah, it was scary. Especially because it's right here at the school,” she said.
Neighbors were also concerned, most just wondering what happened.
"I didn't see anything. I just came up here to find out,” Jim Everett who lives just blocks away from 5200 Orleans said, “Just curious."
After some tense moments -- it ended peacefully. Police took the man and no injuries were reported. Police cleared the scene around 2 pm.
"There were no chemicals. No dangerous chemicals, no explosive chemicals that were located in the residence,” Petry told us.
The man who was taken to the hospital will not be facing any criminal charges, officers said.