LPD: Suspect arrested 8 hours after SWAT situation began in NW Lubbock

LPD: Suspect arrested 8 hours after SWAT situation began in NW Lubbock
Hector Quintela, 28 (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
Residents were evacuated during a SWAT situation (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
Residents were evacuated during a SWAT situation (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police say they arrested the suspect in a SWAT situation in the 5400 block of Kemper early Tuesday morning.

Police officers were called to the area Monday night around 9 p.m. for reports of a man firing a gun.

Officers determined where the suspect was and told nearby residents to either evacuate or shelter in place.

Residents were eventually allowed to return to their homes.

Just before 5:20 a.m. Tuesday, police announced they arrested 28-year-old Hector Quintela. According to public information officer Tiffany Pelt, Quintela was taken into custody without incident when he finally exited his home Tuesday morning.

LPD says he is facing charges of aggravated assault and discharging a firearm in a municipality. A bond has not yet been set.

According to the police report, Quintela and his girlfriend got into an argument and the woman went to their neighbor's house for help. The woman had her baby with her. The woman could not leave because her vehicle wouldn't start. The neighbor's then helped the woman by repairing her car.

The report says Quintela told the neighbors to go back into their home or he would get his gun.

The woman was able to leave with her baby and the neighbors went back into their home.

The neighbors say about an hour later, they heard gunshots coming from the alley.They saw Quintela shoot numerous rounds into the air, walk in circles in the alley and go back inside and close his garage door. They said this happened numerous times.

During the last incident, the neighbor said Quintela walked to their backyard with a gun and said, "we're going to finish this right now." Quintela then placed the gun in his waistband and started to climb the fence. The neighbors went inside and called the police.

The neighbors then said there were more gunshots from the alley, but didn't hear anything after that.

The police report says when the first officer arrived, he heard what sounded like four or five gunshots. He walked into the alley and saw Quintela walking in circles in the alley. He appeared to be angry. He then walked back inside of his garage and closed the door.

Shortly after, a perimeter was set up around Quintela's house and SWAT was called.

In addition to the aggravated assault and discharge of a firearm in a municipality warrants served this morning, Quintela was also arrested for an outstanding LSO warrant, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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