Fort Worth police use Taser to arrest man hiding in attic

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FORT WORTH -- After an hours-long standoff Wednesday, officers used a Taser to subdue a man hiding in an attic of a four-plex on the south side, police reported.

The 23-year-old man, who was not identified, had refused to talk to officers from the gang unit who arrived at the house at 8:30 a.m.

They wanted to question him about an assault complaint, said Cpl. Tracey Knight, a police spokeswoman.

After he barricaded himself inside one of the four units in the house, officers including SWAT team members and negotiators descended on the house in the 2600 block of South Jennings Avenue.

Officers also had an arrest warrant for the man on a felony assault complaint involving a family member who had been severely choked, Knight said.

The house, which had been divided into four apartments, and the surrounding area off Morningside Drive near Hemphill Street were evacuated. After several hours, police fired several canisters of tear gas into the house, but the man still refused to surrender.

About 4:50 p.m., police used an explosive device to break down a back door. Then they sent in a robot with special cameras that can climb stairs to try to locate the man.

It was slow, methodical process. About 6:30 p.m., officers finally found the man in the attic -- he got up through a hatch in a closet -- and subdued him with a Taser.

A SWAT officer told Knight that the man was well-concealed in the attic, which, she added, probably helped him resist the gas fumes earlier.

Medics spent several minutes checking the man on the front porch and then officers drove him to jail in a squad car.

He was arrested on the family violence warrant, Knight said.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684

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