Police: Suspect who pointed 'assault rifle' at officers now in custody

Was is considered to be 'armed and dangerous'

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An "armed and dangerous" suspect is still on the loose in north Abilene after pointing a gun at an officer Wednesday morning. 

A massive manhunt was underway until about 1:30 p.m. The scene was re-opened but the search remains active, officials said. 

Police Chief Stan Standridge says an officer first approached suspect Willie Gray after a citizen reported seeing Gray walking around the 1400 block of Lillius Street armed with an assault rifle. 

Officers found him in front of a home in the neighborhood, and according to Standridge, when Gray was contacted by police, he pointed the rifle at the officer then loaded his weapon, prompting the officer to seek cover. Gray then fled the scene. 

Gray is described as a light-skinned black male in his mid-30s with tattoos around both eyes and both cheeks. Police say he was last seen wearing khaki pants and a blue and white striped shirt. 

He could be facing an Aggravated Assault of a Peace Officer charge once apprehended. 

Anyone who wishes to leave an anonymous tip about Gray's possible whereabouts can contact Abilene CrimeStoppers at (325)676-8477 or online at abilenecrimestoppers.com

A KTAB and KRBC crew on scene of the search says there were armed officers all over the neighborhood, going from house-to-house in teams of two. 

Martinez Elementary, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the ongoing investigation, was on high alert but had not issued an official lockdown. Police officers were stationed at the campus as a safety precaution and outside activity was restricted. 

The Texas Leadership Charter Academy was on lockdown for about an hour as the manhunt was underway. The lockdown was lifted just before 2:00 p.m.

Chief Standridge says Gray could be connected to a burglary at a home on Woodhaven Circle Tuesday night, where 7 firearms were stolen. Detectives are still investigating this incident. 

Throughout the night, officers responded to multiple 'shots fired' calls within city limits, and at one of those scenes, a vehicle was seized and several of the stolen items, including ammunition, were inside, according to Chief Standridge. 

BigCountryHomepage will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. 

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