*Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout.
ENNIS — Ellis County Sheriff’s SWAT officers took an armed resident into custody after firing a less-than-lethal round while he sat with a shotgun in a tree.
After being hit by the round, the man, whose name is being withheld by ECSO until a psychological evaluation can be completed, surrendered to deputies following the shot.
Deputies first encountered the armed man after being dispatched to a suspicious-person call Monday afternoon. They arrived at an area of Farm-to-Market Road 85 and Hopewell Road just outside of the Ennis city limits at approximately 2:55 p.m.
Ellis County Sheriff’s Lt. Wess Winn said the individual was outside in the open and contained by law enforcement by 4:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. A negotiator had also established communication with the individual.
Radio traffic indicated that the individual was armed with a single-action shotgun. The traffic also noted the man was not thought to have taken any narcotics or prescribed medication but did suffer “a head injury last year.”
At one point during the standoff, the suspect was reported to be flashing a Bible toward officers. The scanner traffic also indicated the suspect appeared to cock the hammer of the shotgun and place his finger on the trigger at approximately 5 p.m.
Ellis County Sheriff’s PIO Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald later confirmed the resident was armed with a 12-gauge shotgun.
Winn stated that residents in the area were advised to remain in their homes and shelter in place.
Fitzgerald explained that after the man became non-compliant with law enforcement, the SWAT team fired a beanbag round. The round struck the individual.
After being taken into custody, the man was checked by medical personnel and deemed uninjured. He was then taken for a mental-health evaluation.
Fitzgerald stated criminal charges — aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — are pending at this time.
Ennis Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety provided assistance on the call, with DPS supplying troopers and a helicopter. Units cleared the call at about 6:30 p.m.
This story is developing at this time.
*Additional reporting by Travis M. Smith/Daily Light