Barricaded subject call (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Tuesday, June 02, 2015, 16:47 (1359 days ago)

ABILENE TX- On 6/2/15 at 1:08 pm, Abilene Police Dispatch received a 911 call from a south side apartment regarding a disturbance. The calling party stated she could hear a female screaming from a nearby apartment. The calling party further stated she heard the screaming female as she was knocked down and heard stomping, crying, and more screaming. Patrol officers responded to the scene and attempted to make contact pursuant to the authority granted peace officers by Code of Criminal Procedure Section 5.04. That section states, “the duties of a peace officer who investigates a family violence allegation or who responds to a disturbance call that may involve family violence are to protect any potential victim of family violence.”

As officers made contact with a male subject in the apartment, the male suspect slammed the door in the officers’ face and interfered with their ability to conduct an investigation into a call that possibly involved family violence. As the suspect closed the door, one responding officer heard what he believed to be the sound of a weapon being charged (a round being chambered).

The on scene officers called for assistance. Members of the SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation along with detectives responded to the scene. Negotiators were able to establish communication with the suspect and confirm that a female and two children (age 1&2) were inside the apartment. The suspect surrendered a short time later and was taken into custody without incident.

After the scene was secure, detectives began interviewing the involved parties. CPS was also notified and responded to the scene as the suspect was the father of both children. Information was garnered which indicated the use of methamphetamine by both parents and the children were taken into protective custody by CPS

The suspect, Ray Glen Bishop, a white male, age 26, was arrested and charged with Interference with Public Duties, a class B misdemeanor, and transported to the Taylor County Jail. Bishop’s bond has been set at $1,500. The cause of the disturbance and any applicable further charges is still under investigation.

Sgt. Lynn Beard
Abilene Police Department
Public Information

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