Victory Park standoff ends peacefully; suspect may not face charges

Victory Park standoff ends peacefully; suspect may not face charges

Credit: MARIE SAAVEDRA / WFAA

A broken glass patio door at the scene of a standoff on Feb. 25, 2014 at the Vista Apartments in Victory Park in Dallas.

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 3:56 PM

DALLAS  — The man who was taken into custody after allegedly firing shots from inside a residential complex in Victory Park may not face charges, said Dallas police in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities were first called to the scene of the Vista Apartments Tuesday morning after shots were heard. A standoff followed and shut down much of the Victory Park area for nearly three hours as authorities attempted to take the man into custody.

A loud bang boomed across the area after noon and a plume smoke billowed from the building. Through Twitter, police confirmed "SWAT just set off a flash bang as a distraction device."

"A flash-bang is a distraction device that produces a loud noise and brilliant flash of light designed to distract and disorient a suspect," said Lt. Max Geron.

Three more bangs and more smoke came from apartments at about 12:46 p.m. as Dallas police announced they deployed more flashbangs at the site of the standoff.

Minutes later, police announced the suspect was taken into custody.

The man was transported to Parkland Hospital for an evaluation. Dallas police didn't release his name.

Authorities said they were called to the scene at about 10 a.m. Tuesday after shots were "heard coming from inside an apartment on North Houston Street."

Residents at the Vista Apartments complex were warned to stay inside their residences through an email.

"We are dealing with an emergency situation at this time," read an email from Vista Management. "There is an armed individual on site and the police are actively attempting to control the situation.  Please REMAIN INSIDE YOUR APARTMENTS until further notice."

According to sources, the man barricaded himself inside the apartment due to an eviction.

A resident on the second floor of the building described her fear when she first heard loud voices outside her apartment.

"I heard some screaming outside in our hallway," said Laci, who didn't want her last name disclosed. "... So, I've been hiding in my closet. They just told me it's on the fifth floor, so that makes me feel a little bit better."

Laci said she received the email warning residents at about 10:30 a.m.

As police swarmed the area, they warned nearby businesses to lockdown or close.

The nearby AT&T Performing Arts Center, Perot Museum, W Hotel, Dallas Aquarium, Lunar Prep Academy and Booker T. Washington were among places that closed their doors and kept visitors, students and staff inside. The House of Blues also closed.

WFAA's Tanya Eiserer and Marie Saavedra contributed to this report

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