Friday, February 1, 2013 , Updated 3:21 p.m., February 1, 2013
UPDATED: Henderson Avenue closed while police handle barricaded person in house
More to come.
Dallas police have closed off a huge swath of Henderson Avenue near Pearl Cup Coffee due to a barricaded person in a nearby house. A Pearl Cup employee said she saw dozens of officers with guns drawn; another witness on the scene said there are upwards of eight squad cars. Writes one customer on Facebook: “Stuck in the pearl cup coffee shop while the swat team and 60 cops set up to raid the house next door.”
A Dallas police spokesperson says SWAT was also requested, and at least one truck’s on the scene. They were asked “to clear two rooms” in the house; no word on why.
Lara Solt’s at the scene; more to come in a moment.
UPDATE: The house is indeed next to Pearl Cup Coffee. It appears officers were attempting to serve a felony warrant at 1800 McMillan. According to Dallas police spokesman Sr. Cpl. Gerardo Monreal, "Suspect was seen inside the residence, and SWAT was called out to secure the building. No further information at this time."
Officers are preparing to use a robot outfitted with a camera to take a peek into the house.
UPDATE: Dallas Independent School District just sent a note to parents who have kids at nearby John F. Kennedy Learning Center on Ross and Mosier, which says students there “will be released later than usual” due to the fact “the Dallas Police Department is conducting an operation near the schools.” The note continues: “Students are all safe. Thank you.”