No injuries reported in hours-long standoff at Tyler auto shop; suspect in custody

Updated: Oct. 7, 2020 at 6:15 AM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - UPDATE: The Smith County Sheriff’s Office has released more details as to what led to a multi-hour standoff Wednesday morning.

According to the sheriff’s office, at approximately 12:15 am, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an Aggravated Assault in the 10400 block of Sundown Street in the western portion of Smith County. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the female victim and identified her as the wife of the suspect, Vicente Manriquez – 35 of Tyler

The sheriff’s office said deputies found that Manriquez and his wife had been in an argument. Manriquez allegedly pulled a loaded handgun and pointed it at his wife, threatening to kill her. He then loaded their children, ages 6 and 3, into his vehicle and fled the area.

Deputies obtained the vehicle description and quickly located the suspect at his tire shop at 1308 W. Bow in Tyler. Officers with the Tyler Police Department responded to the location to assist. Due to the danger of harm to the children, a perimeter was set up around the business and forced entry was not attempted.

Smith County SWAT and Hostage Negotiators responded to the scene and were able to establish contact with Manriquez. At approximately 3:00 am, Manriquez exited the business and surrendered to Deputies. The children were immediately checked, found to be unharmed, then released to their mother. A firearm matching the description of the one used during the assault was located within the business.

Vicente Manriquez
Vicente Manriquez((Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office))

Vicente Manriquez was taken into custody for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Smith County Jail. His bond was set at $150,000 by 241st State District Judge Jack Skeen.

PREVIOUS: A multi-hour standoff with Smith County authorities ended with a man charged with aggravated assault and multiple people, including children, released from an auto shop.

The incident started around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday near Sundown Street before Toll 49. Smith County Sheriff’s Office tells us 35-year-old, Vicente Manriquez, assaulted his wife, and took their two children to an auto shop at the intersections of Bow Street and North Confederate Avenue.

SCSO says no one was injured during the standoff and the children are safe.

At least 20 units from the Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff’s office responded to the call.

Officers and deputies could be seen knocking on the front door of the building repeatedly and searching the area around the building.

Tyler police, Smith Co. Sheriff's deputies attempt to get anyone inside auto shop building...
Tyler police, Smith Co. Sheriff's deputies attempt to get anyone inside auto shop building outside during early stages of standoff.(Source: Erika Bazaldua KLTV)

They were joined by an armored swat truck from the sheriff’s department around 2 a.m.

Those teams made repeated calls in both English and Spanish for whoever was inside to come out.

Shortly after 3 a.m., one person opened the front door and was immediately detained by the officer.

Following a search of the building, several more people exited the building, including at least two children.

Right now we are working to learn what led to the standoff.

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