Barricaded Texas Man Suffers Burns As Standoff Ends In Flames

MERKEL (November 12, 2012)--Police say a barricaded man suffered burns over half his body as a standoff ended Monday with a mobile home in flames.

Investigators say Garry Allyn Diltz was alone Monday at the residence in Merkel, a town of about 2,600 about 15 miles west of Abilene.

The standoff started after officers responded to a report of a man threatening suicide.

Police say Diltz pointed a gun at the officers.

Investigators say Diltz earlier was accused of aggravated assault against a public servant, but further details weren't immediately available.

Negotiators tried, but failed to get Diltz to surrender and officers fired chemicals into the residence.

A fire broke out and Diltz then gave up.

Police say Diltz has third-degree burns and was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

A hospital spokesman says Diltz was being evaluated.


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