• July 29, 2014

Heights standoff ends in apparent suicide

Six-hour standoff causes evauation, ends in one dead

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Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 2:08 pm, Tue Jun 11, 2013.

HARKER HEIGHTS — A six-hour standoff in Ancient Oak Mobile Home Park ended when the subject allegedly shot himself Tuesday. Police Chief Mike Gentry said the subject didn’t survive the wound.

Sgt. Roosevelt Wilson said police arrived at the park shortly after 11 a.m., after a resident concerned for the subject’s well-being called police. Wilson identified the man as a 26-year-old black male, but declined to name him pending family notification.

After the man allegedly made reference to a weapon and refused to come out of the residence, the SWAT team, hostage negotiators and Harker Heights firefighters were called to the scene while the man reportedly threatened to harm himself, Wilson said. Police tried to communicate with the man via text message after evacuating 10 surrounding homes.

About 5:25 p.m., police released gas canisters into the home and entered at 5:40, finding the man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wilson said. At 6:20 p.m., Justice of the Peace Bill Cook arrived and pronounced the man dead.

Two residents who didn’t wish to be named said they heard what sounded like a .22-caliber shot.

One of the residents said he heard another gunshot afterward.

Police are conducting a death investigation, Wilson said.

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