Tall City Man in Custody after Disturbance

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- After five hours, a 42 year-old man who barricaded himself inside a home in the 3500 block of Humble Ave. was taken into police custody, Saturday.

"At first, I thought they were gun shots," said Helen Reyes, a neighbor who heard several rounds of tear gas fired by police into the home, "I was coming home and I guess it was close to five o'clock, and you know to my surprise a whole bunch of police cars and the SWAT team, you guys Channel 9 in front of my house, I didn't really know what was going on."

"Police department received a call, from a neighbor, in this area reporting a disturbance. A man was banging on windows and on car doors, and then went inside what we think is his parents house," Tina Jauz, Public Information Officer for the City of Midland, said.

Police called in the SWAT team, negotiators, and a robotic camera to look for any possible weapons and to get a better idea of where the man was inside the house. The man was taken into custody just after 5:30 pm and taken to Midland Memorial hospital.

"They told us to leave, but I didn't want to leave because I was in the shower, and so we didn't ever leave, and then five ten minutes later the SWAT team was jumping over our back gate," said Brody Ortiz, 13 who lived right next door, "We waited in there for a couple of hours, and they threw the tear gas in, and it was done."

Criminal charges are pending a mental health evaluation.