Lubbock police say a 74-year-old man walked out of his house with a shotgun as two LP&L employees tried to cut his power off. The man's family members say it was all a misunderstanding.
It happened just after 1 p.m. in the 1300 block of East 17th Street. More than a dozen officers responded.
"The resident came out armed with a shotgun and he sat on the fence near the employees. He never actually pointed the gun at the employees from what we know right now," said Sgt. Jonathan Stewart.
Stewart said the man did point his gun at the LP&L truck. Once officers arrived on the scene the man went back inside his house. Neighbors and one of the LP&L employees called 911. The employees were safely able to move away from the situation.
"The resident came out and was taken into custody. We did recover a firearm and he was released pending the filing of charges," said Stewart.
The elderly man hugged his family members who waited anxiously for the situation to end. His name has not been released, but his cousin Henry Jordan said he is sick, it's hot and the whole thing was a mistake. "He has Alzheimer's and made a situation about his lights being taken off. He forgot to take his pills. They released him and we are all safe. Thank God," said Jordan on the scene.
Electricity was cut from the house.
The incident was originally reported as a possible hostage situation by neighbors. Sgt. Stewart said after investigating on the scene it doesn't appear to be that.
LP&L said its employees are trained to spot dangerous situations. Here is the e-mail statement released by the utility company.
LP&L sought assistance from the Lubbock Police Department today when employees believed they were in danger while performing their routine job duties. LP&L considers our employee's safety a top priority and our employees are trained to recognize and respond to situations that may jeopardize their safety. LP&L is cooperating with law enforcement officials.
Public Information Officer
Lubbock Power and Light
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