Standoff in Mission ends with man in attic


POSTED: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 4:23pm

UPDATED: Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 9:01am

A man's mental state is being looked at after he fired a shotgun from inside his own home. 

Mission police surrounded the home Wednesday near Inspiration Road and Mile 3 Line. 

"Our concern was also for the neighborhood," Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez said. "So we started evacuating several houses to each side of the house and also to the front and the back of the house."

Police tried for more than two hours to contact the man inside the home. They tried the loudspeaker on the police car, they tried to call his cell phone and they sent in a cell phone in the hopes that he would pick it up. They all didn't work.  Eventually the SWAT team was called.

"We deployed gas into the house, to be able to get him out of the house," Dominguez said. "However, he didn't react to that. Finally, I had to send in the SWAT team."

After searching the entire home, officers couldn't find the 33-year-old man. 

Then they heard some noise coming from the attic. 

"We started checking the attic... He was found hiding underneath the insulation in the attic," Dominguez said. 

Family members say there had been some issues between the man and his wife. The standoff began around noon; while three of the couple's four children were at school. 

This was Mission PD's second time at the home Wednesday. 

"Actually, we had been out here about two hours earlier," Dominguez said. "Wife and baby left as well for their own safety. She just believed that he was being too irate at the time." 

The man was taken to the hospital for tests after the standoff ended. He will only face charges if he's declared mentally fit.  

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