Police identify man involved in hours-long standoff

Posted at 10:20 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 15:31:43-04

Waco police have identified the man involved in an hours-long overnight standoff Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Police said Jason Leslie Southerland, 37, has been arrested after the standoff ended around 3 a.m.

Police went to the house near the intersection of 24th Street and Cole Avenue around 6 p.m. to serve a warrant. Southerland was not the suspect the warrant was intended for. 

When they arrived, they found narcotics and weapons on the property as well as a strong odor of freshly burned marijuana.

SWAT was called, and the scene was treated as a barricaded individual. Police said Southerland was inside the house refusing to come out.

Police communicated with the person inside the home with a bullhorn.

Around 2 a.m., police deployed tear gas into the home in an attempt to get the person inside to come out, but they were unsuccessful. 

Shortly before 3 a.m., SWAT was able to enter the home and found Southerland hiding. He was found with marijuana and taken to jail without further issues.

During the incident, drug enforcement also found xanax, hydrocodone, a stolen pistol, a pistol with a serial number filed off and a shotgun. Police said they will be investigating these items and further charges.

Police say the wanted suspect was not caught and is not known to be a threat to the area. The warrant is for felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and a criminal non-payment of child support.

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