ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Abilene Police Department (APD) issued out an alert Tuesday afternoon of an ‘incident’ in North Abilene, advising all to avoid the area.
KTAB/KRBC confirmed with APD that a man barricaded himself in a nearby home, turning the ‘incident’ into a barricade situation.
Shortly before 6:00 p.m., after a standoff with police lasting about five hours, the barricade suspect was taken into custody by the Abilene Police Department without injury.
In a media release provided to KTAB/KRBC around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, APD arrested 35-year-old Abilene man, Juan Andres Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s mugshot has not yet been released. Please check back here later.
It was reported to dispatch that an armed man had fired at least one gunshot at a Green Street home just before 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.
On-scene were crisis negotiators, SWAT, multiple APD units, as well as a bomb squad. Although, APD said the bomb squad was asked out only to use a robot for negotiations.
With a warrant, Rodriguez was retrieved from the house by officers, after multiple rounds of tear gas and negotiation tactics were used.
Juan Rodriguez faces at least one charge of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Other charges may surface later on as the case is investigated.
Heavy police presence was notable in the 1300 block of Green Street Tuesday afternoon, with surrounding neighborhoods being blocked off. A call was made in regard to a man in the street brandishing a weapon and possible gunshots being fired.
Officers used non-lethal gas in the attempt to get the barricaded man out, and are deploying a sniper team, as well as a bomb squad.
Reports of gunshots or other weapons have not been confirmed. It is unknown if the man who barricaded himself is with anyone else in the house. Neighbors have not been evacuated, but are asked to stay in their homes.