A family disturbance led to a 3 ½ hour SWAT standoff with the suspect who ultimately shot himself once in the face.

At about 11:29 a.m. today, Patrol Officers responded to a reported disturbance at a house in the 2100 block of Avenue A.  Multiple callers from the house told 911 operators that their family member’s estranged husband was at their house attempting to find her.    The callers also said that the estranged husband was armed with a handgun and was threatening to shoot his wife as well as himself.  The man left before officers arrived.

Officers located the man alone at his house in the 2500 block of Gilbert Street.  When they made contact with him, he exited the house and held a gun to his head threatening suicide.  Patrol Officers attempted to persuade him to put the gun down but he refused.  Patrol Officers then set up a perimeter and called for the assistance of the SWAT Team and Hostage Negotiators.

SWAT and Negotiators arrived and began a 3 ½- hour negotiation to persuade the man to surrender peacefully.  During the standoff, the man periodically fired shots into the air but never aimed the gun toward officers.  The man refused to cooperate and finally ended the standoff by firing one round into his mouth.  No other person was physically injured during the initial call for service or the ensuing SWAT callout.

Beaumont EMS transported the 25-year-old Beaumont man to St. Elizabeth ER for treatment of his non-life threatening injury.  Doctors admitted the man for observation.  He will remain in police custody at the hospital until he is discharged. Once discharged,  he will face multiple charges including Terroristic Threat-Family Violence, multiple counts of Discharging a Firearm in the City Limits, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, as well as a Mental Health Hold.