Longview standoff ends when armed suspect falls asleep

Brandon Biddle. Photo Source: Gregg County
Brandon Biddle. Photo Source: Gregg County

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Longview Police spent more than six hours waiting to arrest a man who was firing a gun in his yard early Monday morning.

Longview Police responded to a call just after midnight of an armed subject in the 1100 block of Rosedale Drive, but found the gunman back on his property on Sycamore. He did more than just fire some rounds into the night sky.

Kimberly said that gunshots in her neighborhood are nothing new.

"We have called police before," said Kimberly, a neighbor. "Very close gunshots. It's very troubling, especially around my children, to hear that."

Early Monday morning, police say a man was the source of more gunshots. Brandon Biddle was in his yard firing a gun. That's when police say a neighbor did something very dangerous.

"That's not the first time he's gone outside and shot his gun in his yard," said Kevin Brownlee, with Longview Police. "So that resident was tired of listening to him, and went outside and told him, 'Just stop shooting in your yard. This isn't the place to shoot your gun. People are trying to sleep.'"

At that point, police say Biddle pointed his gun at the neighbor, and threatened to kill her. Police arrived soon after that, but Biddle had already gone back into his home. But, he still made contact with police.

"The officers saw a laser dot on their vehicle," said Brownlee. "They left the area, contacted SWAT, contacted a negotiator, who attempted to make contact with the suspect."

Police say Biddle fired more shots, but never came back out of the house. Finally, just after 6 a.m., police entered the home. There was evidence Biddle had been drinking, and the arrest went smoothly, because he had fallen asleep.

No one was hurt during the standoff.

Biddle is in the Gregg County jail on a charge of aggravated assault.

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