May 20, 2014

No one found in house after hours-long standoff in Richland Hills

Officials canceled classes at Richland Middle School on Tuesday because of the nearby standoff.

About 3 a.m. Tuesday, Hurst police tried to pull over a suspected drunken driver on Texas 10.

Before the incident ended about 11:30 a.m., a SWAT team had gassed and rushed into a house in Richland Hills. And classes were canceled at Richland Middle School.

But the driver could not be found.

After a Hurst patrol officer tried to stop the driver, he drove away and later his vehicle crashed.

“He fled the scene,” Hurst police Lt. Mark Schwobel said. “Officers found him near a store in Richland Hills and he appeared to have pointed something at the officers, possibly a weapon.”

The man ran from JJ’s Fast Stop, 7457 Baker Blvd., to a house in the 7000 block of Bridges Avenue in Richland Hills.

“Officers located him and knocked on the door, but he refused to come out,” Schwobel said.

A SWAT team was summoned.

A man and woman walked out of the house about 8 a.m., Schwobel said.

The SWAT team rushed in about 11:30 a.m. They found no one.

“We gassed the house and the suspect wasn’t in there,” Schwobel said.

Detectives plan to re-interview the man and woman who left the house, police said. The man is not the suspect, he said.

“We’ll then get an arrest warrant for the suspect,” Schwobel said.

Initially, officials delayed opening Richland Middle School, just south of the standoff, for two hours as police negotiated at the house. School officials canceled classes just after 9:30 a.m.

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