SWAT team escorts barricaded man after hour long standoff
It’s unclear what exactly prompted the police call and the heavy police presence, but one neighbor who witnessed the encounter says the man has threatened her before.
LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - If you were near Hendricks Avenue in central Laredo at about noon on Wednesday, you may have seen about a dozen police cars.
They responded to a call of a man going through some emotional turmoil.
First police, then the SWAT team, and then paramedics responding to a man who barricaded himself in his home off Hendricks Avenue.
It began as a welfare check, but police say he became “irate and angry.”
It’s unclear what exactly prompted the police call and later the heavy police presence, but one neighbor who witnessed the encounter says the man has threatened her before.
“He told us to get out, that he would burn down our house and that he would kill us,” said Erika Rodriguez. “He would also scream to our other neighbors, he would scream certain things. He would only scream, he never hurt us, he would just scream things.”
The man was unarmed, but he refused to leave his house.
Police attempted to coax him out by remaining calm.
About an hour and a half later, the SWAT team entered and escorted him out.
“For us, the main concern was the barricaded subject’s well being," said Investigator Joe Baeza. "In these types of situations, there are all kinds of unknown variables. The main goal was to get the help he needed, and he’s on his way to take care of that right now.”
Police will continue to investigate and determine whether any criminal activity was involved.
“Whether or not he’s facing any sort of formal charges, it’s still yet to be determined, but for right now our main concern was that if he was having some sort of a need that needed to be tended to, he’s going to get that evaluation done right now. Everybody is safe, and everybody goes home.”
We’re told no one was injured during the standoff.
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