Man who held SWAT team at bay accidentally released from jail

Man who held SWAT team at bay accidentally released from jail

LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - The man who held a SWAT team at bay for an hour has been accidentally released from the Smith County Jail.

Steven Michael Ehrlish is the man who held a SWAT team at bay for an hour on May 26 after they were called to his residence on FM 16 and Springcrest Lane in Lindale on a Welfare Concern. He was released from jail because of a booking error.

According to Sheriff J.B. Smith, it was a jail booking error. The jailer misread a teletype and let him go free. Smith says Ehrlish is not violent. He was being held on an outstanding warrant for drug possession out of Tarrant County.

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