Thankfully, a dangerous standoff between a knife wielding man, a terrified victim, and the Beaumont Police Department’s S.W.A.T. Team, ends peacefully in an apartment complex in Beaumont’s west end.
On Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 11:39am, Beaumont Police Officers were dispatched to the Timbers Edge apartment complex in the 1000 block of Pinchback Road, in Beaumont’s west end. Officers received word that a Silsbee man later identified as 30 year old Eric Gipson, was inside of an apartment with a female, and preventing her from leaving. While en-route, officer learned Gipson was in possession of a knife. As officers arrived, they attempted to make contact with Gipson, but discovered the apartment door to be locked and dead-bolted from the inside preventing entry. Dispatch advised Beaumont Officers that the female inside of the apartment had been texting her mother, stating that she was afraid of what Gipson might do. Once it was clear that Gipson would not be answering the door, and would also not allow the female inside to answer, a S.W.A.T. call-out was made.
Shortly after Beaumont’s S.W.A.T. team arrived and took over the scene, Gipson allowed the female to exit the home uninjured, and peacefully surrendered himself a short time later. Gipson was then afforded the opportunity to speak with detectives before being booked into the Jefferson County Jail on charges of terroristic threats and unlawful restraint.