WAXAHACHIE

A man is in custody after barricading himself with at least one weapon inside of a Waxahachie apartment complex Tuesday night.

Lt. Mike Lewis, a watch commander over the Waxahachie Police patrol division, told the Daily Light officers encountered an active-shooter after being dispatched to the Colonial Manor Apartments at 8:16 p.m. The apartments are located at 518 N. Rogers.

Lewis added the officers were initially dispatched in response to an altercation between a 49-year-old Hispanic male and an unidentified female. The responding officers were speaking to the woman in the courtyard of the complex when they heard a shot fired at 8:28 p.m. in the vicinity of the male’s apartment.

Officers then evacuated the complex, which included roughly 10 units. No residents of the surrounding homes were forced to vacate.

Two residents of the apartment complex — who will remain unnamed due to safety concerns if the man returns to his residence — both gave corroborating reports of past-alleged violent and disruptive episodes. The two also stated he has been “hospitalized” multiple times for various issues, ranging from mental health to severe illness.

The man, whose identity is not being released at this time, was taken into custody after negations at 9:14 p.m.

He sustained a minor cut to his hand due to a broken coffee cup. Lewis stated no injuries were reported by officers or other parties involved.

Lewis confirmed officers located a handgun inside of the residence.

Mental health professionals are currently evaluating the individual, and the investigation is ongoing at this time with criminal charges pending. A warrant is being drafted for a search of the apartment, Lewis added.

The Waxahachie Police SWAT and K-9 units were both called to the scene. Also on scene were Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies, Waxahachie Fire Department and American Medical Response.

Lewis stated family members were on scene, but no one other than the 49-year-old man was in the apartment at the time of the shots fired.

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Additional reporting by Ashley Ford/Daily Light.