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Man who tried to set fire to neighbor’s home surrenders after SWAT standoff

SWAT is in a standoff with man who barricaded himself inside his home Friday afternoon.
SWAT is in a standoff with man who barricaded himself inside his home Friday afternoon. Courtesy

A SWAT standoff in Grand Prairie ended just before 1 p.m. after the suspect surrendered peacefully to officials at his home Friday morning, police said.

Officers were on scene at a neighborhood where an ongoing dispute was taking place in the 2000 block of Birchwood Lane and Wedgewood Drive. Police received a call from one of the residents overnight saying a neighbor had vandalized their home by breaking a window, said Det. Lyle Gensler, Grand Prairie police spokesman.

Police were waiting near the home anticipating that the suspect would return when they saw him walk up with a fire accelerant and was “in the process of setting the house on fire,” Gensler said.

Officers chased the man but he ran inside his own home and locked the doors, police said. The suspect was taken into custody when the standoff ended. He had not been identified by police as of 1 p.m. Friday.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson

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