Pantego barricade situation ends without incident
A barricaded person situation in Pantego has ended without incident
A barricaded person situation, which shut down a section of Pioneer Parkway Wednesday morning, ended without incident.
A 35-year-old man was taken into custody after a SWAT team was called to assist in his removal from an automotive repair shop in the Town of Pantego.
Pantego police received calls of shots fired in the 3600 block of West Pioneer Parkway around 4:45 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Responding officers were unable to locate the source, however.
Around 6:30 a.m., a woman claiming to be the man's girlfriend called Pantego police to tell them it was him who was responsible for the fired shots.
She also provided his location, which was inside an automotive repair shop just east of Decorator’s Warehouse. Police were told he was armed and had threatened "suicide-by-cop."
Arlington police were contacted around 6:45 a.m. to assist. Both directions of traffic on Pioneer Parkway were diverted as the two departments established a perimeter.
Without success, officers attempted to make contact the man by cell phone and through the public address system on a police vehicle.
Because his presence and condition was unknown, a decision was made to call out Arlington's tactical SWAT team.
The SWAT team entered the building around 12:30 p.m. and found the man asleep inside.
He was taken into custody without incident and transported to John Peter Smith Hospital for evaluation. Any criminal charges he may face are pending at this time, according to Pantego's Chief of Public Safety Thomas Griffith.
Correction: The suspect was born in 1981. Despite an earlier interview, tear gas was not used.