According to Deputy Lt. Ronnie Jones, sheriff’s office dispatchers received a call at 10:38 p.m. on Feb. 17 from the Suicide Crisis Hotline explaining that an intoxicated man in the Tynan area was threatening to kill himself.
The man said if law enforcement arrived to stop him, he would “kill anyone who approached him.” The man said he was well armed.
Deputy Sgt. Kevin Behr, the supervisor on duty at the time, called the BPD and San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office and asked for SWAT team assistance.
Behr had officers and deputies staged in Tynan, a small, south Bee County community near the San Patricio County line.
The deputy then started collecting information at the scene.
Sheriff Carlos Carrizales Jr. and Chief Deputy Alden Southmayd joined Behr at the scene as the sergeant began communications with the man who had barricaded himself in his residence.
Behr tried to get the man to surrender but communications began to deteriorate. When the man refused to cooperate further, Carrizales and deputies at the scene made the decision to call in the SWAT teams to defuse the situation.
Some of the SWAT officers at the scene said the two teams worked flawlessly together as they entered the residence and managed to apprehend the man without incident.
The suicidal man was treated at the scene for superficial cuts to his arms inflicted with a knife and then taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville for medical evaluation.
Carrizales formed the BCSO’s SWAT team shortly after being elected to his first term in 2005. His reason for forming the team was to have a specialized unit ready for action in the event of an incident like this one.
The sheriff praised those who took part in the operation for their professionalism and thanked the other agencies that participated in the effort to rescue the man.
Carrizales also expressed appreciation to Precinct 2 Constable Clifford Bagwell for his assistance.
BPD and BCSO SWAT teams often train together.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.