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February 3rd, 2009
UPDATED: SWAT team called to Kyle area

By ANDY SEVILLA
Associate Editor

KYLE – Law enforcement officers have contained a contentious situation here Tuesday when a man wanted for narcotic and weapons violations held off law enforcement officials for more than three hours.

Fernando Martinez, 36, has been apprehended and transported to an area hospital where he will be treated for wounds that did not appear to be life threatening. Hays County SWAT shot tear gas into the residence near Goforth Road, where Martinez resisted arrest at approximately 1:45 p.m.

Martinez exited the premises armed and dangerous, prompting SWAT to shoot him with rounds of bean bags and a taser.

“He doesn’t appear to be injured,” said Hays County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) spokesman Sgt. Leroy Opiela. “We’re taking him to the hospital as a precaution.”

At about 10:40 this morning, federal agents from the United States Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco attempted to enforce a search warrant at 300 Joe Robinson Road in the Creekside Landing Subdivision. An unnamed man met the officials outside when a shot was fired from within the mobile home, directing the federal agents to call for back up. Hays County SWAT and negotiation teams made it to the scene “shortly after”.

Negotiators where unable to convince Martinez to surrender after he completely cut-off all communication.

Opiela said the unnamed person involved is expected to provide a statement to the HCSO. At last report, officers were still on scene conducting an investigation.

Hays CISD ran all buses as usual from Science Hall Elementary School, Chapa Middle School and Lehman High School, except to homes on Joe Robinson Road. School officials asked parents of children living on Joe Robinson Road to pick up their children. For those parents who couldn’t make the trip because the roads were blocked off, school officials kept the children at school and maintained communication with the parents.

Parents who asked Hays CISD to not drop off their children on streets near Joe Robinson Road were asked to pick up their children from school.

Science Hall Elementary after school programs, as well as Chapa and Lehman athletic events, were to occur as scheduled.

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