Oxford Place Apartment SWAT deadlock: 10-year-old calls 911 after man threatens woman with gun, police say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A woman and two children are safe after a man armed with a homemade firearm inside their north Houston apartment caused an early-morning SWAT standoff.

Houston police were called to a firearm disturbance at the Oxford Place Apartments in the 600 block of Berry Street near Irvington just after 3 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the cry for help came from a child inside the apartment.

According to HPD, when police arrived, a woman came to the door but refused to let the police in.

Officers are said to have suspected something was wrong based on her body language.

Police were able to get the woman and two children, both about 10 years old, out of the apartment. But the woman’s boyfriend, who officers are known to be armed with, remained inside, according to HPD.

Officers learned that the woman and her boyfriend were arguing verbally when the boyfriend reportedly pulled out a pistol and pointed it at her head.

One of the children in the apartment witnessed the incident and called 911, police said.

The officers tried to contact the boyfriend. They eventually called SWAT and hostage investigators to the scene after they learned he was armed and wanted under multiple open warrants, including assault with a deadly weapon.

At one point, officers claimed they heard muffled gunshots inside the apartment. They were finally able to talk on the phone with their boyfriend.

After nearly four hours, the man turned himself in and police said it was with the help of a colleague.

ABC13 spoke to a colleague about what she said to get the man to submit to himself.

“‘I’m going down the street. Go in by yourself. Don’t make them wait because they will probably kick in the door and it will be very dangerous,’ the colleague said. “So I said to him, ‘Go ahead and get in yourself. I am a few blocks down the road. I will see you when I get there. “

“What we discovered was that he had actually dug a hole in the wall into a neighboring unit,” said Commander Megan Howard of HPD’s Tactical Operations Division. “We don’t know if he was trying to escape to get past the officers while we were there. While we were at the scene, we could hear something happening. inside, so it looks like he’s trying to get out of there. apartment to escape.”

The man was arrested on a publicity warrant, and police expect he will face a new aggravated assault charge on a deadly weapon charge following Sunday’s disturbance.

Luckily no one was injured.

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