A police standoff forced a temporary shutdown at the intersection of Holly and Weber on Thursday night.
According to Officer Kirk Stowers with the Corpus Christi Police Department, it all began when police received reports of suspicious activity taking place around 5:15 p.m. at the Montego Harbor Apartments. Individuals were seen carrying assault rifles from a vehicle into one of the apartments.
Officers came out at 515 on a call for suspicious activity. Individuals were carrying rifles from a vehicle into the apartment. When officers showed up, they called out to some individuals out front, one had a pistol in his waistband. A woman came out of the apartment in question. When she came out the door closed behind her and locked.
At least five individuals were inside of the apartment. Stowers explained that police negotiators were able to contact them by phone, and the first person they spoke to said they wanted to come out but others would not let them. The phone was taken from him, and a second individual spoke to the negotiators.
Eventually, both individuals police had spoke to came out of the apartment. Members of the SWAT team went in to make sure there were no others inside, and ended up finding some marijuana, prompting the narcotics division to apply for a search warrant.
According to officials, two of the individuals in the apartment were known gang members, and one was a convicted felon.
The incident lasted around five hours, and traffic was blocked off around the intersection of Weber and Holly from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Surrounding apartments were evacuated for the duration of the standoff.
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