Emergency detention order issued on Sabine Pass man who led to SWAT callout

Published 3:17 pm Monday, April 20, 2020

A man who witnesses said was acting erratically after driving off the road then running into his home and firing shots in Port Arthur may have been showing signs of altered mental status.

“An emergency detention order was made at the scene and he was transported to The Medical Center (of Southeast Texas) for evaluation,” PAPD Det. Mike Hebert said. “We don’t know the results of any testing, physical or mental.”

The name of the individual, described only as a white male, is not being released, Hebert said.

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Police responded to the scene at approximately 10:16 p.m. Saturday in reference to a vehicle that went off the road near the 5400 block of Tremont Street.

A caller said the driver was out of the vehicle acting erratically and appeared to be showing signs of an altered mental status.

When police arrived they saw the man immediately run into a house nearby and learned this was the man’s residence.

Soon after, officers heard multiple gunshots coming from the home. At this time police did not know if there was anyone else in the home and several attempts to contact the man were unsuccessful.

Shortly after, Port Arthur SWAT and hostage negotiation team members arrived.

Contact was made, and the man came outside and met with officers peacefully.

No one was injured during the standoff, and there are no charges pending at this time because of the man’s altered mental status, police said.