1 man in custody after SWAT standoff, shooting in Galveston, police say

The Galveston County District Attorney’s Office approved charges on Jason Browne for two counts of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant (F1) with a $300,000.00 bond for each count. Jason Browne was transported to the Galveston County Jail. (Galveston County Sheriff's Office)

GALVESTON – A man is in custody after a SWAT standoff in Galveston Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Galveston police said they were called to a home located in the 3600 block of Rice Street around 5 p.m. after the homeowner said the tenant’s short-term lease had expired but he was refusing to come out.

Officers said they attempted to contact the man, identified as Jason Browne, by using loudspeakers, but they received no response.

Officers said they then received information from the suspect’s family that there were firearms inside of the house, so the SWAT team was called.

The SWAT team established a perimeter around the house and continued to try and contact the suspect.

At some point, while officers were conducting the barricaded suspect protocol, Browne discharged a firearm at multiple officers. An officer returned fire, but neither the officer nor the suspect was injured.

The suspect eventually exited the residence and was arrested and transported to the Galveston County Jail.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said they located three rifles, one shotgun, one handgun, two suppressors and over a thousand rounds of live ammunition.

Browne has since been charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant. His bond has been set at $300,000.