SWAT standoff ends in violence

SWAT standoff ends in violence

A three-and-a-half hour SWAT standoff with police ended when the suspect shot himself in the face, reports the Beaumont Police Department.

According to a news release from BPD, patrol officers responded to a family disturbance in the 2100 block of Avenue A at 11:29 a.m. on March 22. Multiple callers from the house reportedly told 911 operators that a family member’s estranged husband was at their house attempting to find her, and that the man was armed with a handgun, threatening to shoot his wife as well as himself. When officers arrived, the man was gone.

Officers located the man alone at his house in the 2500 block of Gilbert Street. When they made contact with him, he exited the house and held a gun to his head threatening suicide. Patrol officers attempted to persuade him to put the gun down, but he refused.  Officers then set up a perimeter and called for the assistance of the SWAT team and hostage negotiators.

SWAT and negotiators arrived and attempted for hours to persuade the man to surrender peacefully. During the standoff, police report, the man periodically fired shots into the air but never aimed the gun toward officers. The man refused to cooperate, finally ending the standoff by firing one round into his mouth. 

There were no other physical injuries during the initial call for service or the ensuing SWAT callout.

Beaumont EMS transported the injured man to St. Elizabeth emergency room for treatment of his non-life threatening injury. Doctors admitted the man for observation.  He will remain in police custody at the hospital until he is discharged. Once discharged, BPD reports, he will face multiple charges including Terroristic Threat-Family Violence, multiple counts of Discharging a Firearm in the City Limits, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, as well as a Mental Health Hold.