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Terrell Police end hour-long standoff with peaceful arrest of suicidal man

Terrell Police bring suicidal subject into custody after hour-long standoff.
Terrell Police bring suicidal subject into custody after hour-long standoff.
Sherri Thornhill

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Terrell Police Department arrested a Grand Prairie man after an hour-long standoff. The standoff happened in a neighborhood near Long Elementary School and it resulted in the school being put on “lockdown” by the Terrell ISD Police Department.

The suspects name was not released by Terrell PD. He was transported to Terrell State Hospital for a mental health evaluation after having called 911 to report that he wanted to shoot himself. In his call at 3:03 p.m., he told the dispatcher he had a gun pointed at his chest. When police arrived, they observed the white male standing on his ex-wife's porch in the 100 block of Brush Creek Lane. His ex-wife was not home at the time. Kaufman deputies and Texas DPS troopers also responded to assist TPD.

According to Terrell Police Department Captain A.D. Sansom, police began immediate negotiations with the suspect. Police cleared the area around the mans home, “to insure no other parties were at risk.” After about an hour, police negotiators convinced the man to lay down his weapon and give up. No shots were ever fired and no one was injured. There was no further word on whether the suspect would be charged with any crime.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can call the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas at (214) 828-1000. The call is free and confidential. Form more information, visit their website at

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