SAN ANGELO, TX -- San Angelo Police Department's SWAT team stormed into a residence on the northside just before 9 p.m., taking four suspects into custody. A standoff began at around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after suspected robbers holed up in a house.
According to witnesses at the scene, the suspected robbers robbed the smoke shop around the corner rushed out with stolen cash and alcohol and to the residence. The standoff was on 20th street between N. Chadbourne St and Volney St. Long guns were drawn and pointed towards a house.
As the standoff lasted into the darkness of the setting at around 8:30 p.m., San Angelo police threw canisters of tear gas. Some of the canisters were thrown back. Meanwhile, police widened the perimeter and pushed the news media back. At 8:45 p.m., police launched another volley of tear gas into the home where the suspects are holed up. Neighbors say they heard police tell someone inside the home to come outside and to "think about your friends, we don't want anyone to be hurt."
Scanner reports indicate a robbery at the smoker's outlet just before the standoff started. The suspects in the house are believed to be involved with another robbery of a convenience store earlier today in San Angelo.
Police were seen mopping up the area. It does not appear anyone was injured during the standoff or the eviction.
Police spokeswoman Cpl. Tracy Piatt-Fox declined to release any information about what transpired most of the late afternoon and into the early evening. All the information in this report is from eyewitness accounts.
Police later confirmed three were taken into custody, two men and a woman who was outside the residence accused of interfering with police. A fourth woman who was inside with the two men now arrested was released. Details are here.