4 hour standoff near St Edwards University

Police patrols arrived at Blunn Creek apartments a little before 6:30 am Wednesday morning. They were responding to an urgent check welfare call, the result of some type of domestic dispute.

"When officers attempted to make contact with one of the parties, they actually locked themselves inside of the apartment,” said Cpl. Angel Polansky.

Police sealed off Woodward Street and efforts were made to contact the man inside. SWAT teams took up tactical positions around the apartment complex and along the edge of the campus of St. Edwards University.  At least one percussion device was detonated. After about 4 hours the man came out but the surrender did not exactly go smoothly.

"He did not initially comply with commands so a Taser was deployed,” said Polansky.

The man is identified as 27 year old Jose Juarez.  EMS gave him a medical checkup, and later Juarez was examined by a crime scene technician. He showed no signs of having any substantial injury.

During the standoff some residents were evacuated, others were told to shelter where they were. Later with the suspect in custody, residents drove out of the apartment complex in mass. Carlos Murcia briefly stopped and described what he went through.

"I was just trapped in my house, I was on my way to work,” said Murcia who added the wait was tense.

The heavily armed police response was also closely watched.  Many here were mindful of recent deadly encounters with law enforcement.  After Juarez was driven away; alive. Akia Hampton gave his assessment of how the standoff was handled. 

"Since it was peaceful, good job, no shooting, I was kind of scared, in there, my mom was scared in the house too,” said Hampton.

With the situation under control, police were later seen searching a vehicle parked next to the apartment unit where the standoff took place.

Juarez was booked into jail on a misdemeanor family violence charge. He also had an outstanding warrant on an unrelated misdemeanor case.

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