San Antonio Police Successfully Resolve Dangerous Resident Standoff
SAN ANTONIO — A standoff between a barricaded man in the midst of a mental crisis and SWAT officers downtown ended peacefully Thursday afternoon after about seven hours of negotiations.
The man who barricaded himself, described as a Hispanic man in his 50s, currently does not face any charges in relation to the standoff, though police say that could change depending on what they find inside his apartment.
He is currently being treated by first responders and will be transported to a hospital for further evaluation.
“This is the way we like to see these end,” said Ofc. Doug Greene, a spokesman for the San Antonio Police Department. “Of course, it takes a long time but you have to be patient, because impatience can cause someone to lose their life or one of the officers to lose theirs.”
The incident began around 8 a.m. Thursday at the Soap Works apartment’s near downtown in the 500 block of North Santa Rosa Street when the man got into an argument with another tenant about some water leaking from his apartment. The other tenant contacted management, who told officials the man was acting erratically.
Firefighters originally responded to the scene, but when they found shell casings inside and noticed the man had barricaded himself inside his bathroom, they notified police.
Police arrived to the scene and attempted to make contact with the man. They eventually heard what appeared to be a gun racking, said Greene, at which point they notified the hostage negotiation team.
“That kind of took it up to another level in terms of the seriousness of the situation,” Greene said.
Hours of negotiation ensued, with officers trying to obtain enough information to determine whether or not it was safe to go in. During this time, they learned the man possibly had a military and law enforcement background and that he was experiencing a mental crisis.
Around 3:20 p.m., police were finally able to obtain enough information to attempt to detain the man. When they entered the apartment’s bathroom, the man struggled with officers for a short time and was subdued.
“That was only because the individual is going through some type of mental crisis and didn’t really know what was going on,” Greene said.