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Gatesville: Weekend standoff draws heavy law enforcement response

A standoff Sunday in a local residential neighborhood that started with a report of a person in mental distress drew a massive law enforcement response, but ended with only minor injuries. (Courtesy photo)
A standoff Sunday in a local residential neighborhood that started with a report of a person in mental distress drew a massive law enforcement response, but ended with only minor injuries. (Courtesy photo)(KWTX)
Published: Jan. 27, 2020 at 12:05 PM CST
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A standoff Sunday in a Gatesville residential neighborhood that started with a report of a person in mental distress drew a massive law enforcement response, but ended with only minor injuries.

Police first responded just minutes before 7 a.m. to a home in the 400 block of Straws Mill Rd., after receiving a call about a 57-year-old man inside the residence who “reportedly had firearms readily accessible and made threats toward law enforcement officers if they came to his residence,” Gatesville police Chief Nathan Gohlke said in a press release.

The man’s name has not been released.

At first negotiators from both the Gatesville Police Department and the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office were able to speak with the man several times by phone, but then “the man stopped communicating with the negotiators and his family a short time later,” Gohlke said.

After several calls were rejected, “the SWAT Team from the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office breached the residence and located the man in a bedroom,” Gohlke said.

The man had minor abrasions to his hands, but no major injuries and after being taken into custody was transported on an Emergency Order of Detention to the Mental Health Inpatient Facility in Temple for evaluation, Gholke said.

The incident prompted responses from neighbors in the area because in at least two cases, those who lived very close by were not allowed to leave their homes to go to work.

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