Neighbors on Edge After Midland Burglary

Neighbors on Edge After Midland Burglary

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A felon with a gun sparked a brief standoff Monday in Midland. Now, that suspect is in federal custody.

According to Midland Police, the number of burglaries are actually going down in the city from 570 in 2011 to 428 in 2014. But Monday's incident still has residents on high alert.

On Monday evening, Midland Police responded to a burglary call on the 1200 block of West Florida. When they arrived, they found 51-year-old David Gallegos outside of a home with a gun.

"It was scary. It was really frightening," neighbor, Rudelio "Rudy" Rodriguez, said.

Police secured the area.

"They were going from door to door to move us back," Rodriguez said.

Police dogs and the SWAT team were called in. Officers used non-lethal force, shooting bean bags at the suspect during a standoff that would last half an hour.

Gallegos was arrested and taken to Midland Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. He faces state and federal charges, including three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Rodriguez knows the victims.

"They used to live in my house in the back," he said.

The neighbor spoke to the family after the incident.

"[The grandmother] was really frightened because at that time her daughter-in-law had just went out to pick up her granddaughter," Rodriguez said.

Crime Prevention Officer, John Kerrigan, says to protect your home doing the small things matter, like using locks if you have them.

"There's so much stuff in town that's getting ripped off because people left doors open or left them unlocked," Kerrigan said.

You can also buy timers that trigger your lights to go on if you're away, should any trespassers show up.

"Not only can you plug a light into it. You can plug in maybe a TV or a radio and make it at least sound like somebody's in the house," Kerrigan said.

The Midland Crime Prevention Unit offers a home security survey where it looks at six different components of your house. If you pass, you could get up to a 20% discount on your homeowners insurance. If you're interested call 432-685-7582.