Harris County

UPDATE: Standoff Between Man and Sheriff’s Office SWAT Ends Peacefully in Channelview

The suspect had barricaded himself in a home that serves as a day care center

This file photo shows a patrol car used by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

A standoff between a man and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) SWAT Team ended peacefully in Channelview on Thursday afternoon.

The HCSO and the Constable’s Office for Precinct 3 were deployed at a home that serves as a day care center after the man, a 19 year old African-American male, barricaded himself there.

Edison Toquica, a Chief Deputy with the HCSO, said during a media briefing that they rescued eight children. Some of them are as young as 14 months old and all were unharmed.

Law enforcement also rescued two adults from the home, a man and a woman.

The suspect surrendered peacefully after negotiating with the HCSO’s Hostage Team.

The HCSO said on Twitter that the man had crashed at the intersection of Mincing and Ambrosden after a car chase that, according to Constable’s Office for Precinct 3, started because he ran a red light. The suspect fired at a Deputy Constable, although nobody was injured.

The search led law enforcement to the home, which is located at the 1400 block of Leadenhall Circle, where the suspect barricaded.

Toquica said the state of Arkansas has a warrant for burglary against the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released for now.

You can watch the media briefing provided by Chief Deputy Toquica and Precinct 3 Constable Sherman Eagleton here:

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz

General Assignment Reporter

Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz is originally from Spain. He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all varieties of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast news and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master's degree...

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