PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

January 17, 2014

Nederland area man in custody following SWAT standoff

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND — A Nederland area man is in police custody after nearly a 2-hour standoff with SWAT on Friday.

Nederland Police Chief Darrell Bush said deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office had attempted to serve a felony warrant for a Port Arthur aggravated robbery at a home in the 1100 block of Luling at about 5:15 p.m. Jan. 17 when the incident occurred. When they approached the house one person came out and told deputies that Gillum Arnold, 31, of Central Gardens, was inside the home and had fled to the attic armed with a pistol.

The deputies immediately backed out of the residence and called for assistance, Bush said.

Law enforcement converged upon the area and blocked the entrance to the street as SWAT members moved toward the home while several ambulance units were stationed nearby. At about 6:57 p.m. a car carrying a man and a woman were allowed to enter the secure area; they stayed a safe distance from the home during the incident.

Bush said there was no immediate communication with the suspect and at one time officers heard two gunshots from inside the home.

“About five minutes before SWAT made entrance, we were able to communicate with him verbally,” Bush said.

The suspect, he said, told law enforcement he was on the floor and couldn’t get up. The suspect appeared to be ill but was not injured. Once in custody he was placed on a stretcher and moved to one of the nearby ambulance units.

“We are happy with the way this turned out and no one was injured,” he said.

A number of agencies responded to the incident including Nederland, Port Neches and Groves police departments, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Texas Department of Public Safety.

Neighbors in the area were aware of the situation, he added, and at no time were they in any danger.

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