Barricaded gunman with 3 children in East El Paso surrenders to police

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – A SWAT confrontation in East El Paso near Hanks High School ends in the arrest of a man, who now faces multiple charges.

The El Paso Police Department (EPPD) identified the man as 42-year-old Jose Francisco Diaz.

Authorities said he barricaded himself with three children, a 13-year-old boy and an 8- and 7-year-old girl, and threatened to harm them with a knife at a house in the 10900 block of Bob Stone Drive, wide of Lee. Trevino Drive.

The call to authorities came around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The crisis management team was also called in to help in this standoff situation which lasted until shortly before 8am this morning.

During the negotiations, the EPPD said that one of the police officers fired his weapon, but it is not known why. A spokesperson told KTSM that an internal investigation was underway.

Diaz released the children safely around 4 a.m. He now faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of unlawful restraint. His bail is set at $250,000. The authorities call it an internal situation.

The EPPD blocked Bob Stone Dr., allowing only residents who live in the area to enter and leave, if necessary.

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