Irving police were in a standoff at a hotel with a kidnapping suspect after he called to tell them his location. It ended after the suspect shot himself.
The standoff began Thursday afternoon at the Budget Inn near at South Loop 12 and East Shady Grove and lasted several hours. Police say the man they tried to negotiate with had a kidnapping warrant out of Van Zandt County.
The standoff ended around 7 p.m. when police entered the suspect's hotel room and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police say the man is the one who initially contacted police to tell them where he was but that he was not coming out.
“For whatever reason, he called the police and told us he was there,” explained Irving Police Officer James McClellan. “But he did make the distinction that he was not giving himself up. He did say that he was armed and that he wasn't prepared to come out. So when our officers got in the area, they were able to do some legwork and that he was in fact at this hotel and believe that he is there by himself. They don't believe there is anyone else in there with him or in any danger.”
Police were being extra cautious since the standoff was near an elementary school, but it did not cause a disruption to the surrounding area.
No officers were injured.
The suspect's name has not been released.