APD SWAT Assists Merkel Police (Press Release)

by Police Administration, Monday, November 12, 2012, 01:00 (2291 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – At 12:01 am on Monday, November 12, 2012, the Abilene Police Department was contacted by the Merkel Police Department and asked to assist with a barricaded person who was threatening suicide. The Tactical Team learned that the suspect had reportedly threatened a Merkel Police Officer and Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy by pointing a firearm at them and threatening to kill them. With a known offense, Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant, the Tactical Team was authorized to assist Merkel and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to mutual aid assistance. The Tactical Team consists of the SWAT Team, Hostage Negotiations Team, and Abilene Fire Department Tactical Medics.

The suspect was identified as Garry Allyn Diltz, born 05-03-1963. He was alone inside the mobile home residence, which is located at 306 Lamar, Merkel. Negotiations proved unsuccessful with the suspect. A search/arrest warrant was requested and signed by a local magistrate at approximately 3:30 am. Thereafter, the SWAT Team deployed chemicals into the residence, trying to get the suspect to exit. Defense Technology brand 40mm OC and CS ferret rounds were used, in addition to Defense Technology flameless tri-chamber CS canisters. The suspect refused to surrender. However, a fire began inside the residence that eventually forced the suspect to exit the back of the residence.

According to the Tactical Medic who was on scene, the suspect had suffered third degree burns over 50% of his body. He was immediately treated for his injuries and transported to Hendrick via ambulance. He was later taken to Lubbock’s burn center for further treatment.

The Merkel Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office are co-investigating this offense. Additionally, Abilene Fire investigators responded to assist the Merkel Volunteer Fire Department with determining the cause of the fire. This investigation continues.

Stan Standridge
Chief of Police

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