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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – SWAT team members have a home in south Abilene surrounded after a shooting suspect allegedly barricaded himself inside.
The home, located near the intersection of S. 6th Street and Sycamore Street, has been surrounded since before 10:00 a.m. Friday morning, and SWAT team members arrived to provide assistance at 11:00 a.m. Streets in a one mile radius in the surrounding neighborhood are blocked to traffic.
Police at the scene told KTAB and KRBC someone was shot on the 600 block of Sycamore Street around 9:30 a.m., then the suspect ran into the home that’s currently surrounded. The victim of the shooting is hospitalized in unknown condition.
Several canisters of tear gas were deployed into the residence during the hours-long standoff, and officers rammed the door at least one time. However, the situation has been centered around creating a line of communication with the suspect.
Negotiators used a megaphone in attempts to contact the suspect, telling him they have a warrant for his arrest and asking him to come outside. After hours of trying, officers were able to speak with a person inside around 2:00 p.m., but attempts to coax him out have been unsuccessful.
Neighbors standing by watching the scene told KTAB and KRBC they don’t really know anything about the person who lives in the house, but at least one witness heard several gunshots at the residence Thursday night.
No further information, including the possible identities or ages of the suspect and victim involved, has been released.
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