The Texarkana Texas Police SWAT Team took Michael Jordan, 25, of Texarkana Arkansas, safely into custody early this morning following an almost four hour standoff in the 2200 block of Bell Street.
Listen to police radio traffic of the incident.
Patrol officers were dispatched to the residence at 1:44 a.m. today after a 9-1-1 call was received where the homeowner said that Jordan had broken into his former girlfriend’s house and was armed with a handgun. The girlfriend’s mother and a 16 year old juvenile managed to escape when he entered the house – leaving only Jordan and the former girlfriend inside the home. Other 9-1-1 callers reported hearing at least one shot being fired inside the residence, but they did not know if anyone was injured.
Upon arrival, officers discovered that Jordan had barricaded himself inside the residence and was holding the former girlfriend at gunpoint. Officers set up a perimeter around the house and tried to contact Jordan by phone. Although he refused to answer their calls, he called 9-1-1 and talked to a dispatcher at length telling them that he had a gun and was holding her hostage. The decision was made to activate the SWAT Team to help resolve the situation. A negotiator responded to the Communications Center to speak to Jordan, who refused to speak to anyone at the scene.
Following several hours of almost constant communication between Jordan and the negotiators, he agreed to leave the weapons inside and exit the house. After both Jordan and the hostage came out the front door together, and he released her and she walked to safety. However, Jordan then indicated that he would not surrender. Officers continued to talk to Jordan as he paced the area of the yard directly in front of the porch for approximately fifteen minutes. When Jordan turned to go back into the house, SWAT officers successfully deployed a flashbang device and fired two rounds from the JPX 450 Cobra pepper gun. Jordan was then quickly taken into custody without injury and transported to the Bi-State Jail.
Jordan was charged with Burglary with Intent to Commit Assault – Family Violence. He also had a felony Arkansas Probation Violation warrant, as well as three Texarkana Texas Class C Misdemeanor warrants.
The victim suffered a cut to her face believed to have been the result of Jordan striking her with the gun. She was transported to a local hospital by family members, where she was treated and released
A flashbang is a non-lethal explosive device used to temporarily disorient a subject’s senses. It is designed to produce a blinding flash of light and intensely loud noise “bang” of greater than 170 decibels without causing permanent injury.
This was the first use of the new JPX pepper guns that TTPD recently purchased.