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Man accused of shooting 3 Flower Mound police officers surrenders after 10-hour long standoff

Police said 60-year-old Bryan Hucabee faces three counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

FLOWER MOUND, Texas — This story will be updated throughout the day as new information is released.

A man who is accused of shooting three Flower Mound police officers Wednesday night was taken into custody Thursday morning after a 10-hour standoff, officials said. 

"It’s been a long night for all of us," Chief Andy Kancel said during a news conference Thursday morning.

Authorities said 60-year-old Bryan Hucabee surrendered peacefully around 5:32 a.m. Thursday after shooting and injuring three officers who were called to a home around 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 2900 block of Termaine Drive to conduct a welfare check.

Kancel said Hucabee's wife had called 911 because he was reportedly making suicidal threats. When officers arrived on the scene, they attempted to make contact with Hucabee, who was the sole occupant of the home.

Around 8:05 p.m., police said Hucabee started shooting at law enforcement, striking three Flower Mound officers. 

Police told WFAA that one of the shots went through the ballistic glass of a shield an officer was holding, and another grazed an officer in the neck. 

Two of the officers were taken to a local hospital, and the third officer was injured but cleared by medics on the scene, the Flower Mound Police Department said.

Around 12:40 a.m. Thursday, Flower Mound police said the two officers who were hospitalized were medically cleared and released.

"It's overwhelming at the moment that our guys are OK. When you look at the amount of gunfire that was exchanged, where those officers were hit, an inch to the right, an inch to the left, higher and the situation is totally different," said Flower Mound Police Sgt. Jason Rachal. 

Police told WFAA that Hucabee had surrendered his guns to the Flower Mound Police Department after a previous incident in 2017. Rachal said Hucabee went through all the procedures with detectives to get the firearms back in 2019. 

Around 1 a.m. police said Hucabee came out of the home and shouted at law enforcement, but went back inside.  

A series of shots were heard around 2:30 a.m. Thursday after officers threw tear gas into the home. WFAA crews at the scene believe the shots could have been fire being returned from Hucabee inside the house. 

Several agencies including the FBI, US Marshals, and the Texas Rangers, surrounded the home for several hours as officers tried to negotiate with Hucabee. They also used a robot to check on him, officials said. 

At one point, Kancel said neighbors were evacuated because Hucabee fired shots at the robot through the front door.

"FBI SWAT breached the residence and fired tear gas at 5:32 a.m., eventually the suspect did exit and surrendered peacefully," Kancel said. 

Hucabee was not struck by gunfire during the standoff, according to officials. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital due to the deployment of tear gas. 

Officials said he faces three counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in relation to the overnight incident. Additional charges are pending. 

"The great thing about these officers and the way they responded and the tactics that they used, they're all SWAT trained. So they utilized the ballistic shield, each of them was wearing their armor plating and that is really what allowed them to escape with minor injuries," Rachal said.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that Hucabee received his firearms back in 2019. Flower Mound police had previously reported that the guns were returned in April 2021.