TTPD identifies man in five-hour standoff


The Texarkana Texas Police Department has identified Lance David Martin, 31, of Texarkana Texas as the man involved in what police are calling a five-hour standoff in the 3300 block of Robinhood Lane on Saturday. Martin died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound prior to SWAT officers entering the residence.

According to TTPD, officers were dispatched to the residence at 4:51 p.m. on Saturday to check the welfare of Martin. A friend of Martin called 9-1-1 and reported that she heard a gunshot while on the telephone with him and could not make contact with him afterwards.

While officers were enroute, the friend reported that she had received a text message from Martin but still wanted the officers to check on him. While Officers Colton Johnson and Cory Motley were at the front door of the residence trying to get Martin to answer the door, they heard a shot inside the home. The officers immediately sought cover behind a vehicle and then heard a second gunshot.

According to authorities, at the request of the on-duty patrol supervisor, the SWAT Team was activated and responded. After officers set up a perimeter around the house, negotiators repeatedly tried without success to make contact with Martin over the course of the next five hours. At 9:55 p.m., the SWAT Team entered the residence after deploying a diversionary device. They found Martin dead inside the residence of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A .38 caliber pistol was found in his hand.

Martin’s body was sent to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for an autopsy.

The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety provided assistance during the incident.

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