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Police Standoff Closes Richland Middle School

By Stewart McKenzie | CBSDFW.COM
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Update 12:00 p.m. RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) - The police standoff that closed school for Richland Middle School students has ended.  Around noon, police discovered the suspect was not in the home.  Two other people were inside, according to Hurst police, who are still on the scene investigating.  School will remain closed for the rest of the day.  A Birdville ISD spokesperson confirms that students will not have to make up the missed day.

RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) - Authorities are involved in a standoff on Tuesday morning at a home in Richland Hills. The scene is located near the intersection of Highway 183 and Labadie Drive, close to the North East Mall and the Hurst border.

According to Lt. Mark Schwobel with the Hurst Police Department, officers attempted to stop a DWI suspect at around 3:00 a.m. early Tuesday morning. The suspect tried to get away from the police, heading west on Highway 10, but he eventually crashed near Loop 820. The suspect then jumped out of his vehicle and fled on foot. He was soon found at a nearby convenience store.

“At that point, the suspect said, ‘Stay away from me,’ and we believe he pointed a gun at the police officers, as he rounded the corner behind the business,” Schwoebel added.

The suspect ran into a neighborhood and ultimately entered a house on Labadie Drive. Schwobel said that a man and a woman soon exited that home without the suspect, and there does not appear to be anyone else inside. However, authorities believe that the suspect is still in there. “It’s not a stranger’s house, I’m pretty sure,” Schwobel continued, speculating that it might belong to a friend of the suspect.

Law enforcement officials from at least six agencies, including SWAT officers, have surrounded the home.

The scene is located less than a mile away from Richland Middle School, a part of the Birdville Independent School District. Due to this standoff, police requested that the district cancel all classes at the campus on Tuesday. The district had originally hoped to simply delay the school’s start time by two hours, but the standoff has continued on unresolved.

The cancellation only impacts Richland Middle School. Other schools in the Birdville ISD are continuing as scheduled.

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