Suicidal Man in Custody After Standoff in Odessa

Suicidal Man in Custody After Standoff in Odessa
By: Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Some intense moments at the Brady Station Apartments Tuesday morning after Odessa Police got a frantic call from a woman about a suicidal man with weapons.

"I was just coming out of my apartment to go the trash bin and in the process of going out, the police officer said 'Sir, I need you to come over this way.' Once I looked around and saw all the police officers, I did what he said," Brady Station resident, Felix Toy, said.

Felix Toy was just one of many residents who was told to evacuate his apartment Tuesday morning. Around 9:30 a.m., Odessa Police we're called out to the Brady Station Apartments near the intersection of 52nd and Tanglewood after a terrifying call.

"Officers learned that a suicidal subject, he was a 28 year old male, reported that he wanted to kill himself, he wanted the cops to kill him," Steve LeSueur, with the Odessa Police Department, said.

We're told the suicidal man's ex-girlfriend was the one who dialed 911. She warned officials that the man was armed with multiple guns. Odessa Police said the man had several pistols and rifles on him and all of the weapons did belong to him.

"They came to the scene. Negotiators were able to talk to they subject and were able to convince him to come out," LeSueur said.

Police and SWAT were at the apartment complex for about an hour until the man eventually surrendered. The man was taken into custody for a protection custody order. He was then taken to Medical Center Hospital where Odessa Police said he will be turned over to the mental health deputies.

"If anybody threatens to commit suicide, we take it very seriously especially with these factors considering that he wanted a police officer to kill him," LeSueur said.

When it's all said and done, police said they're satisfied with how everyone handled the situation.

"We're very pleased with the way this turned out," LeSueur said.