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UPDATE: Man dies following stand off in Groves
GROVES - From Groves Police Department
On 6-19-13, at 1120 hours, officers were dispatched to a residence in the 6200 blk. of Jackson regarding a disturbance involving a male and a female. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that the 35-year-old suspect was armed with an AR style weapon and fired two or three rounds.
Upon arriving, officers discovered that the 27-year-old woman fled the residence through a window to a neighbor’s house. Prior to fleeing the residence, the victim stated that the suspect threatened to kill her and bound her hands together with plastic self-locking ties. According to witnesses, the suspect fired several rounds in front of the residence and threatened the neighbor before barricading himself in his residence.
Officers established a perimeter and were assisted by the Port Arthur SWAT Team. Officers, negotiators, family members and friends attempted to establish communication with the suspect but no contact could be made. Communication attempts continued for about three and a half hours until it appeared fruitless. SWAT team members fired tear gas and a non-lethal flash bang into the residence in an attempt to disable the suspect before officers entered. Upon entry into the residence, officers discovered the 35-year old suspect dead of a self- inflicted gunshot wound.
Investigators recovered a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun from inside the residence.
Agencies that assisted include the following: Port Arthur and Jefferson County SWAT Team, Groves Fire Department, Jefferson County Constable’s Office, Pct. 7 and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
(Earlier report) - Law enforcement says that the man involved in the situation in the 6200 block of Jackson in Groves is dead, although the cause of his death has not yet been released.
A disturbance between a man and a woman in a home in the 6200 block of Jackson led to the woman breaking a first floor window at the back of the house and escaping, Lt. Kirk Rice with the Groves Police Department said.
The man followed the woman and used a rifle to fire between one and three shots at her as she fled to a neighbor's home nearby, Rice said, adding that while the shots missed her, the woman sustained cuts and scrapes during her escape.
After the woman was let into the neighbor's house, the man pursuing her knocked on the front door and pointed his rifle at the neighbor when the man opened the door, Rice said. The neighbor left to retrieve his own rifle within the home and when he returned to the front door the man was gone, Rice said.
Police believe the man involved in the initial disturbance is currently within the home in the 6200 block of Jackson.
Lions Park and Groves swimming pool, both located across the street from the home, were evacuated as was Groves Middle School which was conducting summer school classes, Rice said.
In addition to Groves police, Port Arthur police officers, the Jefferson County SWAT team, a negotiator with the Port Arthur police department, and the BEAR unit are also present at the scene.
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