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SWAT team uses flash grenade to capture suspect east of Idalou

Michael Atkins is accused of stabbing 47-year-old Carlos Gonzalez in Petersburg early Wednesday morning. Michael Atkins is accused of stabbing 47-year-old Carlos Gonzalez in Petersburg early Wednesday morning.
The suspect's dog was taken into custody after the arrest. The suspect's dog was taken into custody after the arrest.
Suspect fled in a silver convertible with the top down. Suspect fled in a silver convertible with the top down.

A suspect is in custody after a high speed chase and standoff with sheriff's deputies on Thursday.

Captain David Turner of the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office says Michael Atkins was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. Pursuit began in Petersburg after deputies tried to serve an attempted murder warrant.

"Michael Atkins had attempted to murder a subject in Petersburg. Hale County got a warrant and went to execute that warrant in Petersburg," Turner said.

Atkins is accused of stabbing Carlos Gonzalez, 47. Reports say Atkins came to Gonzalez's door in the early hours of Wednesday morning and stabbed him.

Atkins claimed to have car trouble and Gonzalez left his home to lend a hand. When Gonzalez returned, he had life threatening stab wounds to the abdomen. He was taken to UMC where the doctors performed emergency surgery.

The next day, officers went to arrest Atkins. However, he fled in a silver convertible with the top down.

"The subject was able to get in a vehicle and a pursuit was initiated. The individual was able to come into Lubbock County where we used spike strips and all to get the vehicle shut down," Turner said.

At one point, Atkins was driving on rims and smashing into police vehicles.

"He was going east toward Petersburg then back and forth, cutting into some roads. Ultimately, we got road blocks in place and he was going south on 400," Turner said. 

The pursuit lasted about 30 minutes until he wrecked the car in a bar ditch and went into a local home that authorities believe is his girlfriend's.

"When he was coming here, we didn't know why or where he was going or what he was doing. Apparently when he tried to stop and couldn't, one of his tires was shot and he was having a hard time keeping control of the road," Tuner said.

Authorities surrounded the home and began negotiations, lasting about 45 minutes. Atkins seemed to be intoxicated and was seen yelling obscenities at officials while he stood on the front porch. SWAT was able to distract him with a flash grenade and taser him.

"After a brief standoff, our Sheriff's Office SWAT team was called in and we were able to go in and get the individual out," Tuner said.

Hale, Lubbock, and Hockley County Sheriff offices all responded to the scene as well as Lubbock DPS, Idalou Police, and Abernathy Police.

Atkins was not armed during the standoff. He was transported to UMC to be evaluated and remove the taser barbs. Authorities also have a dog that was at the home in their custody.

Atkins' girlfriend issued a statement Thursday night: "My sincerest thoughts are with Carlos Gonzales and his family. Carlos is a very good and decent man, and did not deserve what happened to him. I intend to cooperate fully with this investigation."

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