MANSFIELD An armed man who kept police in a standoff for about 10 hours Thursday surrendered just before 8 p.m., police reported.
Tarrant County officers were serving a warrant about 10 a.m. at an apartment in the Landing in Mansfield when a man pulled a gun on an officer, Mansfield police officer Sonia Brannen said.
“Tarrant County backed out of the apartment and contacted us,” Brannen said.
Mansfield police spent the day in negotiations with the man, she said. Just before 6 p.m., a pair of loud blasts were heard coming from inside the complex when Mansfield’s SWAT team put flash-bang devices inside the apartment.
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The suspect is believed to be Mark Mercer, said Brannen, who said she could not confirm the suspect’s identity, age or what the warrant was for.
The Landing in Mansfield complex was locked down starting about 10 a.m. Residents inside had to stay inside; those who had left were not allowed to return until the man surrendered.
The Mansfield school district suspended bus service to the complex as well as the adjacent Cedar Point Townhomes and Towne Crossing Apartments., which are adjacent to The Landing. Students at Legacy High School, Linda Jobe Middle School, Donna Shepard Intermediate, Alice Ponder and Mary Jo Sheppard elementaries who live in the apartments were held at their schools until their parents could pick them up.
Amanda Rogers, 817-473-4451