A man is in custody after a five-hour standoff with Killeen police and SWAT officers Tuesday afternoon.
The incident began about 1 p.m. when Killeen police were assisting another agency in serving multiple felony warrants on a suspect at a home in the 1900 block of Sunset Street.
Other individuals left the home, but the suspect, a 29-year-old man, refused to leave. The department’s tactical response unit was called to the scene at 2:30 p.m., Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said.
The standoff continued as police evacuated several homes on Sunset Street and the surrounding neighborhood. The department coordinated with the Killeen Independent School District to reroute some buses, which were bringing children home from Killeen schools.
The officers continued attempts to negotiate with the suspect. When the man refused to negotiate, the tactical response unit flushed him out using chemical munitions, Smith said.
The standoff ended at 5:44 p.m., with the man in custody.
“He did come out, and we had a peaceful ending,” Smith said.
Police declined to release the identity of the suspect, saying they would wait until he was formally charged.
A woman also was arrested, Smith said.
The man had outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled substance and probation violation for possession of a firearm by a felon, police said.
Shortly afterward, a 26-year-old woman was taken into custody and charged with hindering apprehension. Her name has been withheld pending formal charges returned from the Bell County district attorney’s office.
Killeen High School student Trevell Holgate was one of the many residents not allowed to return to his home during Tuesday’s standoff.
He said he lived on the same street as the suspect, and had met him on a few occasions.
“I ran into him a couple times, and he seemed off,” Holgate said. “I wasn’t surprised.”
Holgate didn’t know the man’s name, but said the police had been to the home before.
Like Holgate, Nabor Leall also was not surprised to see the police in his neighborhood.
Leall, who lives about two streets south of Sunset Street on Cora Lane, said the area has experienced an increase in crime recently.
“It’s not as quiet as it used to be,” said Leall, adding his home was robbed previously. “I have two kids. With stuff like this, I’m ready to sell my house.”
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