Standoff in North Odessa Ends After Six Hours

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Very tense moments for neighbors and police out there.

The standoff started just after noon when Odessa Police got a report of a man in his fifties was holding a gun in the 8700 block of Lamar.

Three police officers showed up to learn the man had also taken several different prescription drugs.

The man refused to come out of a home at 8751 Lamar, and the police out there called for backup.  

It didn't take long for the SWAT, K-9 and Crisis Intervention units to show up.

They blocked off Lamar and 88th Street.  

Police told some neighbors to leave, and some to stay put inside their homes as negotiators worked to get the man out safely.

"He had taken several medications and he was armed. Due to that Officers, not knowing the state they backed off he never did come out or communicate with the officers," Cpl. Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police Department, said.

He didn't come out until just before 6:30.

The SWAT team fired off a round of bean bags used to distract but not harm the man after the shots he finally walked out and was taken into custody.

Crews took the man to Medical Center Hospital for a mental health evaluation.

Charges will all depend on those results, we will keep you up to date.