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Monday, April 9, 2012

Domestic dispute results in SWAT standoff in North Amarillo


On 4-9-12, at about 2:00 AM, officers were dispatched to 716 N. Houston on a domestic dispute. When they made contact with a female resident in the front yard, a HM that also lives there came out on the front porch.

The female told officers that the man, later identified as Rodrigo Ramon Rodriguez HM 29, had assaulted her and had a gun. Officers ordered the man to stop, but he turned, went back inside the house, and closed the door. The man refused to come out. Officers called for SWAT to respond to the barricaded suspect situation.

At one point, officers saw the man trying to leave through a side window. He went back into the home when he saw officers. The suspect called the AECC and made threats to kill officers that approached.

He said that he had a gun and he would make the police kill him. At about 4:45 AM, officers used the bomb team robot’s arm to break a window and try to establish communication with the man through the robot’s public address system. The robot’s arm was extended into the home. The suspect struck the robot’s arm and video camera with a small hatchet. At about 5:10 AM, APD SWAT introduced chemical agents into the house.

A few minutes later, the suspect stepped out of the home and was taken into custody. He was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance and then booked into the Potter Co. Correctional Center on a charge of criminal mischief over $1500 for the damage to the robot. Officers located no firearm in the home.

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