Tactical team uses tear gas to get man out of home

From Staff Reports

Aug 5, 2007 - A  tactical police team used tear gas to get a reportedly suicidal man out of a Southeast Hopkins County home early this morning after a shot was heard inside the residence.

A 57-year-old man was taken to the county jail after the joint special weapons team removed him from the home about 1:15 a.m. today. He remained in the Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center Saturday morning on a charge of interfering with an emergency call.

The strange scenario began with a call from someone in Bastrop County to emergency dispatchers, reporting a man was threatening to kill himself, and was known to have several guns in the residence.

Attempts by deputies to contact the man at the home were unsuccesful, and officers positioned themselves in a perimeter around the residence. Shortly after, a gunshot was heard inside, and the tactical weapons team made up of officers from both Sulphur Springs Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff's officers  were called in.

Negotiations to get the man to surrender proved fruitless. That's when the tactical team lobbed tear gas into the residence and made their way inside, taking the man into custody. Once inside, officers found he had cut all the phone lines in the home.

He was rinsed off with water to minimize the effects of the tear gas, then taken to the county jail where he was given a shower to finish removing the chemicals.

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