Man arrested after 3-hour standoff, marking 41st arrest in Taylor County

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The man accused of stealing a gun, discharging it, then barricading himself inside his home for three hours has now been arrested, according to Abilene police. 

This marks the 41st arrest within Taylor County for 30-year-old Tyler Bridgewater. His arrest record dates back to 2005 and includes multiple drug and theft charges, among others. 

For this latest incident, Bridgewater is facing charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Discharge of a firearm in Certain Municipalities and Theft of a Firearm. 

Police said officers first responded to calls of a weapon going off in the 2600 block of South 41st Street just after midnight Saturday. 

Officers then discovered the handgun was stolen from a nearby vehicle. The suspect, later identified as Bridgewater, had returned to his home and started shooting the gun, police said. 

Police, including SWAT, surrounded the home. After a nearly three hour standoff, Bridgewater was taken into custody.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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