Thursday, May 9, 2013
SWAT standoff in Lewisville ended peacefully
Shots were fired, but no one was hit.
LEWISVILLE A three-hour SWAT standoff at an apartment complex near Lewisville Lake ended with no injuries, but officials are still trying to determine exactly what happened.
Police responded to a shots-fired call around 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of Lakeview Circle. Officials were told that at least one man ran into an apartment and refused to come out. Capt. Kevin Deaver said police dispatchers received numerous 911 calls from residents saying they heard gunshots near their homes. SWAT responded and learned that there were two men who barricaded themselves inside the apartment. Around 10:20 p.m., the two men came out of the apartment.
Police don't yet know what led to the shooting in the parking lot.
Deaver said when police respond to a call of that nature, they try to make contact with the people and try to get them to come outside.
"We must weigh the public safety aspect of each call like this," Deaver said. "If we do decide to simply contact the person, we try to establish communications by either phone or bullhorn. Then, it's a very fluid deal."
In this case, Deaver said the two men did come out of the apartment with their hands up and followed police commands. Police arrested Lafayette William Robinson. Deaver said he is the only one in custody because he's the only one police could positively connect to the incident. Robinson is being charged with deadly conduct, Deaver said, which is a third-degree felony, according to the Texas Penal Code, and punishable with two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Robinson's bail is set at $100,000.
"We're still trying to piece that night together," Deaver said. "We don't feel like we're getting 100 percent of the story. We're still investigating to determine if others were involved."
Deaver said no one was hit. He said some buildings might have been struck by bullets, but there was no significant damage.
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