SWAT standoff

Baytown Sun photo by Christopher James

A Baytown Police SWAT standoff ended peacefully Tuesday. A 60-year-old Baytown man was taken the hospital by Baytown police officers after threatening to kill himself at a residence in the Country Club Oaks neighborhood.  

A standoff between a resident of the Country Club area and Baytown police ended peacefully Tuesday morning with the resident taken to the hospital.

Baytown police spokesman Lance Watkins said the resident first called the District Attorney’s Office and told them he intended to kill himself and made reference to suicide by cop. The DA’s office contacted Baytown police, who responded to the call as a welfare concern.

“Suicide by cop” is a phrase used when a person attempts to end his own life by creating a situation likely to result in being killed by police. 

Police responded by first isolating the area around the 60-year-old man’s house and surrounding it.

When a police negotiator arrived on the scene, he spent about 30 minutes in several phone conversations with the man, ultimately convincing him to leave the house just over an hour after the initial call.

The SWAT team was deployed to the scene during the standoff.

Watkins said there would be no charges from the incident. “He didn’t commit a crime today.”

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