Residents in the vicinity of Avenue B and 10th Street were awakened by gun shots ringing through the neighborhood at approximately 3am Saturday Morning.
Police reports indicate that 28 year old Anthony Flores shot at his neighbor and then retreated back inside his home and locked himself in, an unknown female was also in the residence and was believed to have been in danger. Levelland police officers on duty made the decision at this point to call all available off duty officers in to assist and also had assistance from the Hockley County Sheriff’s office and also called negotiators from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s office over to assist.
Police also went door to door and evacuated all homes in the area and blocked off all access in order to secure the area. A staging area for officers was set up at the intersection of 10th and College Ave. Officers made several attempts to contact the man, but, received no response. After more than 3 hours of negotiations by various officers, the female inside came out on her own and unharmed at around 6:25am. Flores came out of the house a few minutes later and was arrested by Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputies and was transported to the Hockley County Jail. He was held on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bond set at $50,000.
Police questioned all involved parties Saturday and the disturbance remains under investigation. Neighbors say police did the right thing by evacuating the neighborhood and complimented officers for going above and beyond the call of duty by putting one of the neighbors dog in a police car so that the dog would not be in harms way.
We will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as they become available.