News release from College Station Police on Thursday, July 22nd at 4 p.m.:
On Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at about 11:40 a.m. officers with the College Station Police Department responded to a single-family residence in the 4100 block of Whispering Creek Drive, in the Spring Creek Subdivision, for a report of a suicidal man armed with a handgun. It was also reported the man had threatened to shoot another person.
Officers arrived on scene and determined the man was alone inside the residence. Officers secured a perimeter around the residence and, as a precaution, began working to contact and evacuate surrounding residents. Initial attempts to contact the man were unsuccessful and we began working the incident as a Barricaded Subject. CSPD’s SWAT and Negotiations Teams responded to assist in ensuring a safe outcome for everyone involved.
A command post was established in the parking lot of the nearby Southern Plantation HOA’s Community Center. We are grateful for the hospitality of the Southern Plantation Community in allowing us space to locate much needed resources near the incident.
This incident continued into the early morning hours. Because our first priority on any scene is the preservation of life and prevention of serious bodily injury, negotiations with a barricaded subject can often take many hours to conclude, especially when no other person is being threatened. Not pressing an encounter which could lead to the unnecessary use of deadly force is an example of deescalation in practice. We understand many surounding residents were impacted by the closure and evacutation of the immediate area. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused, and we thank you for your understanding and cooporation in helping us ensure a safe outcome in this incident.
To any resident who was impacted by our response to this incident: we apologize for the disruption and any fear which may have been caused to you or your family; please know that we very much appreciate our residents and will always minimize the impact of our operations when possible.
At about 2 a.m. officers were able to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution when the man surrendered and was taken into protective custody. No one was injured during this incident. Investigation into this incident is ongoing and criminal charges are possible.
Due to the scope and duration of this incident, several other agencies assisted in this incident. We appreciate the assistance of the College Station Fire Department, the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas A&M University Police Department, the Brenham Police Department, and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
Update – Thursday, July 22nd at 2:51 a.m.
College Station police have resolved the situation peacefully. No one was injured and it is still an active investigation.
College Station police responding to a welfare concern Wednesday during the noon hour continue to deal with someone who is barricaded inside a home between Southern Oaks Park and Towerpoint.
According to CSPD tweets, the SWAT and negotiation teams were sent to the area of Decatur and Whispering Pines.
Wednesday night, a command center was set up at Southern Plantation community center.
Access in and out of the neighborhood is restricted. Residents wanting to leave or return are directed to call CSPD dispatch at 979-764-3600.