Tyler police respond to brief standoff situation at apartment complex

Tyler police respond to brief standoff situation at apartment complex

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Police Department responded to a welfare call on Tuesday night that ended with one person taken to the hospital.

The call came in at 9:41 p.m. from 6100 Hollytree Drive. This was inside the Stone Creek Apartment Complex.  

A number of police vehicles arrived at the scene, and officers were seen wearing full tactical gear as they approached one particular apartment. Other officers were stationed around the area to keep pedestrian and vehicle traffic away from the area until what police called a standoff was resolved.

Residents who spoke with us at the scene said the apartment manager told them that the man involved in the standoff had called the apartment office several times during the day Tuesday, asking random questions and then saying he was not well. 

Later, they said the man called 911, threatening self-harm. When police arrived at the scene, the man would not come out of his apartment. Apartments around the man's residence were evacuated.

According to Lt. Eddie Sheffield with Tyler PD, during the negotiation with the man, he shot out a window in his apartment.  He said at first it was believed the man had a .22 rifle, but it was a .22 pellet rifle. He says he then shot himself in the face with the pellet rifle.

They were finally able to get the man out of his apartment and take him to UT Health East Texas.

Residents were able to return to their apartments safely.

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