A Four-Hour SWAT Team Standoff in Lubbock Ends in Arrest
On Tuesday (Nov. 28), a Lubbock SWAT team was called into Northeast Lubbock and initiated a standoff with a potential shooter.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens provided more details on the stand-off, providing an effective timeline of the incident.
On November 28th, Lubbock Police received a call of shots being fired at a City of Lubbock solid waste vehicle in the 1100 block of East Quinn Street. The driver of that vehicle made the call after a bullet flew through his driver-side window and barely missed him. Police promptly responded to the scene and attempted to find out where the gunshot had originated.
Officers called the Crimes Against Persons unit of the LPD SWAT team to assist in the search. The Critical Response Team was also called, bringing with them a tactical vehicle called a BEAR, which held 11 personnel, including SWAT members and paramedics.
Officers eventually narrowed the search to a single house in the 1100 block of East Quinn Street where they believed the shooter to be. He was identified as 50-year-old Rodney Breeden. After multiple attempts by negotiators to coax Breeden from the home failed, it was determined by police that he may have been suicidal.
Police use the tactical BEAR vehicle, equipped with a ramming device, to breach the front door of the residence Breeden had barricaded himself in. Breeden responded to the breach by firing multiple shots at the BEAR vehicle during which time police did not return fire.
After an initial attempt to implement tear gas was unsuccessful, a second attempt effectively coaxed Breeden to crawl to the breached front entrance of the home. During this time, Breeden continued to fire shots at the BEAR and at two SWAT officers who had then exited the BEAR vehicle.
Two SWAT officers fired a total of thirteen rounds at Breeden. One officer fired eight rounds while the other fired five rounds. Breeden was struck an unknown number of times.
After being shot, Breeden began to surrender to police and was officially taken into custody and taken to the BEAR vehicle for medical treatment by the Lubbock Fire Rescue Tactical Medics.
Upon being stabilized, Breeden was taken to University Medical Center to undergo surgery for his injuries. He is alive but considered to be in critical condition.
The new LBK Alert System was effectively used during the stand-off, issuing four alerts over time within a two-mile radius of the scene.
Although the motive for the incident in the initial shooting is unknown, Police Chief Greg Stevens believes Breeden may have been attempting suicide by cop.
Breeden likely faces multiple charges but only one has been confirmed: Aggravated assault of a public servant.