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Sword-wielding man gets in standoff with SWAT in south Fort Worth

SWAT was in a standoff with a suicidal man at a home on Townsend Drive.
SWAT was in a standoff with a suicidal man at a home on Townsend Drive. Google Maps

A sword-wielding man accused of assaulting his mother and threatening to kill himself was arrested Monday afternoon after a standoff with police that lasted about four hours.

Firefighters were dispatched to Brent Savoie’s home in the 3800 block of Townsend Drive about 11:30 a.m.

Savoie, 39, had pierced a neighbor’s car with the sword and then gone inside the home and assaulted his mother, who suffered minor injuries, said Sgt. Marc Povero, police spokesman.

Savoie also turned the gas on and threatened to blow himself up.

SWAT officers arrived and a hostage negotiator began talking to Savoie by phone, Povero said. Savoie came out of the home about 3:30 p.m. and tried to run away but was caught.

He was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation before being booked into jail, Povero said. Savoie faces a charge of assault causing bodily injury.

“We’d like to commend our hostage negotiation team for using restraint ... to bring this man out without further incident or injury to him or officers,” Povero said.

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