1 in custody after SWAT standoff near airport ends Friday morning

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 7:36 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 26, 2021 at 12:59 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - One person is in custody after a more than 30-hour SWAT standoff in North Lubbock at Interstate 27 and Regis St., near the National Guard Armory by the airport.

48-year-old Gene Solis surrendered just before 9 Friday morning and was taken into custody.

Initially late Wednesday night, Solis made contact with a Lubbock police officer showing signs he was suicidal and homicidal toward another person. After attempts to deescalate the situation, officers found Solis in the area near the home of the person threatened. Officers tried making a traffic stop, but Solis fled leading to a pursuit. Later the chase was cancelled due to public safety concerns.

At around 3:30 a.m., Solis then drove to Hale Center, where he was involved in another pursuit and drove to the reserve center. While law enforcement monitored the center, Solis exited and shot at officers. SWAT was called to respond.

LPD SWAT and negotiators, along with FBI SWAT and negotiators, continued to make contact with Solis throughout Thursday and through the night. Shots were fired at the scene Thursday afternoon but did not hit anyone. Police said the shots appeared to be aimed at a law enforcement drone at the scene and were not aimed at any law enforcement officers or personnel.

Negotiations were successful Friday morning, leading to Solis exiting the building.

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety also assisted.

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