Dallas SWAT officers helped a fugitive unit capture an armed murder suspect after a two-and-a-half hour standoff at a motel room. Police say he opened fire when they first tried to take him into custody.
Dallas police say the North Texas Fugitive Task Force was tracking a murder suspect in a Fort Worth case. The officers approached his motel room in the 2600 block of Walnut Hill Lane around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police launched loud stun grenades and tear gas at the murder suspect after he fired a rifle at officers.
Police were evacuating people as SWAT worked to get the armed man out.
“The purpose of shutting all the streets down, blocking traffic, pedestrians, is everything comes to a complete stop,” said Jimmy Vaughn with the Dallas Police Department. “That's what we do best, stepping up a perimeter with our SWAT team coming over and assisting and taking control of the situation. Again, this whole thing ended very well.
Shortly after 7 p.m., police got into the room and took the man into custody. Dallas police say none of its officers fired any shots and that no officers were hurt.
The suspect was taken away in an ambulance with minor injuries related to the tear gas deployed in the motel room.
Police have not released the murder suspect’s name.
There was a woman inside the hotel room with the suspect who came out early on. She was never a hostage.