Killeen police evacuated homes and locked down an elementary school Thursday during a three-hour standoff with a suicidal man armed with a handgun who barricaded himself in a vehicle.
After detaining the man safely, a military-style rifle was pulled from the trunk of his car.
At 7:55 a.m., Killeen police responded to a report of a man making suicidal threats at a home in the 2200 block of Mikulec Drive.
The man was in his vehicle in the driveway and had a handgun, police said.
Lockdown, evacuation of homes
Homes in the neighborhood were evacuated, and nearby Saegert Elementary School was locked down.
“We initiated the lockdown as part of protocol, because it was in close proximity to the school,” said Carroll Smith, Killeen Police Department spokeswoman.
The department’s SWAT team was called at 8:55 a.m., and members spoke “on and off” with the man in the car, Smith said.
The man was detained at 11:04 a.m. and was uninjured. Smith said he was transported to a hospital for evaluation. The police did not release the man’s name, but said he was 39 and not active-duty military.
Shortly after the standoff ended, police removed a handgun from the man’s vehicle along with the rifle in the trunk.
According to Herald archives, the incident marked the sixth time this year KPD’s tactical unit responded to a standoff situation.
Killeen Independent School District officials lifted the lockdown at Saegert at 11:45 a.m.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, interim Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft called the incident a “dynamic situation” that involved cooperation between school officials and outside agencies.
“Through this cooperation we were able to quickly initiate our emergency response plan and maintain a safe and positive learning environment within the school while in the external lockdown,” Craft said. “KISD greatly appreciates the quick response of the Saegert Elementary School staff and all others who worked to keep our students and staff safe, and we express tremendous appreciation to all of the parents and guardians for their support and understanding throughout the lockdown.”
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