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Suspect barricaded in home arrested after trying to ambush SWAT officers, HPD says

SWAT officers used chemical agents, non-lethal force and a small assault vehicle to tear into the home.

HOUSTON — Houston police say they were involved in a standoff with a suspect Wednesday night at a home in northwest Houston.

According to police, this all started when officers were serving a family violence warrant at a house located in the 8200 block of Opelika Street. Five people, who were outside the home, told police the suspect was in the house. Those five people were detained, before officers called the suspect to come out.

After no response, officers went in the home and the suspect ambushed them, police said. Four officers shot at the man, but he wasn't hit.

SWAT officers eventually used chemical agents, non-lethal force and a small assault vehicle to tear into the home. Officers said he eventually surrendered around 2 a.m. but not until after shooting at them again.

“He has been posting on social media making threats having shoot out with officers' stuff like that. We are extremely fortunate today,” HPD Assist. Chief B. Tien said. “We have some of those professional dedicated men and women out there, our SWAT officers out there. They exercised the highest level of restraint. Therefore, we were able to peacefully resolve this matter.”

Neighbors told police the suspect was posting on Instagram saying he was going out shooting, all while this standoff was happening.

HPD said the suspect is a 21-year-old man.

One officer was taken to the hospital because they say he was hit by bullet fragments. He is expected to be okay.

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