Standoff ends after ‘chemical munitions’ deployed outside southwest Houston gas station, police say

HOUSTON – A man has surrendered Monday after an hourslong standoff at a gas station in southwest Houston.

The incident unfolded at the Phillips 66 location at Gessner Road and the Southwest Freeway on Monday afternoon and lasted more than three hours, according to police.

Houston police said an armed man was holed up in his vehicle and appeared to be in crisis. Witnesses told KPRC 2 that the man was pointing a gun at his head and looked “out of it” and “stressed.”

“I was getting gas ... I saw him,” said Julius Cockerham, a witness who said he alerted gas station staff. “He just had the gun towards his head,”

HPD’s SWAT team, Hostage Negotiations Team, Crisis Management Team and doctors and officers worked to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.

“At any time, he could have shot in a direction,” said HPD Tactical Operations Division Commander Howard.

Police temporarily shut down the north and southbound lanes of South Gessner during the incident, while police teams worked to coax the man out.

“We really tried our best to get this person to come out with nothing in his hands so that we could get him some help,” Howard said. “He did not do that.”


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