‘He’s just going through a crisis:’ SWAT scene ends peacefully with military vet in custody

A man is in custody following a SWAT scene at apartment complex in north Harris County. (KPRC 2)

HOUSTON – A man is in custody Friday following a SWAT scene at an apartment complex in north Harris County.

Houston Police Commander Larry Baimbridge said the incident started a couple of days ago. The man, who is a military vet, started making 911 calls and sending texts to HPD and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office threatening to shoot anyone who came near him, including officers.

Authorities went out to the scene and the man, believed to be in his early 40s, had barricaded himself inside an apartment at The Crescent at CityView on Langwick Drive near Greens Road in the Greenspoint area.

When officers arrived, they saw the man had a camera system, and he started banging on the door as officers approached the apartment, Baimbridge said. He made threats to shoot, so authorities backed off. Due to his previous threats, police decided to call SWAT.

After numbers failed attempts to contact the man via phone and by yelling, Baimbridge said authorities breached one of his windows and were able to get him to come out onto the landing of his upstairs apartment.

The man was taken into custody and his mental health is being evaluated, Baimbridge said. According to Baimbridge, authorities did not find a weapon, but they were not looking for one since they were focused on getting him out. There are no charges at this time as authorities are treating the incident like a mental health crisis, Baimbridge said.

“We were talking to the neighbors, they were very please with the outcome,” Baimbridge said. “A lot of folk know him. They know he is a good guy, he’s just going through a crisis.”

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Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.