Update – Amarillo Man Finally Surrenders After A 7 Hour Standoff With Police
We've been covering this story all day of man who had been burglarizing homes in the surrounding area. The man was on foot while the cops were hunting him down after many residents had been calling 911 on reports theft. The burglar forced entry into a residents home where local authorities surrounded the home. After a 7 hour standoff with APD and SWAT the man surrendered.
Here's the press release sent out by the Amarillo Police Department :
"At 10:07am, officers were sent to 3512 Danbury on a suspicious male attempting to gain entry into residences in the neighborhood. At 10:13am and 10:14am additional similar calls were received in the same block. At 10:19am, a residential burglar alarm call was received at 3519 Danbury. While offices were responding, Randall County SO and DPS officers who were in the area assisted. A RCSO Deputy observed a male subject wearing a blue toboggan running north in the 3500 block of Danbury/Carlton alley. While officers were responding additional officers were responding to another residential burglary at 3505 Edgewood where a homeowner caught an unknown male subject inside their residence. The suspect was able to leave the residence before offices arrived. During the investigation on the burglary on Edgewood, officers located a stolen 2004 Mazda Miata in the driveway. The Mazda was stolen in a residential burglary at 5509 Floyd earlier this morning. Police are also investigating another residential burglary that was reported at 6016 Dreyfuss at 9:34am this morning where a handgun was stolen.
As officers began to close in on the suspect in the alley between Danbury and Carlton, the suspect went into the backyard at 3510 Carlton and forced entry into the rear of the residence. Offices set up a perimeter and secured the area. The suspect was seen by several officers inside the residence and armed with a handgun of some type. At 11:02am after securing the area, SWAT and APD negotiators were called to assist. For several hours, negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspect. SWAT officers deployed tear gas inside the residence in an attempt to force the subject to come outside. Due to the knowledge that the suspect was armed and that additional firearms were inside the residence, officers did not make entry for “officer’s safety."
At 5:04pm, the suspect finally exited the house, unarmed and was taken into custody. He was taken to the Police Department for questioning. He is only described as a W/M 27 and his name and description of charges will be released when he is booked into jail.