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Man arrested after three-hour standoff with Corpus Christi police

Shots were fired around 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clairline Gardens on Arlington and Ayers.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Residents in an affordable housing apartment complex on the city's westside are back in their homes after a late night standoff.

Shots were fired around 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clairline Gardens on Arlington and Ayers. Officers arrived to find 37-year old Jose Gomez Jr. holed up inside a room. Shots continued to be fired at officers, forcing police to call out their SWAT team.

When SWAT arrived they managed to talk with Gomez until he surrendered a couple of hours later.

"With all factions of the team here, you know the SWAT team, patrol officers and the hostage negotiation team working together, we came to a successful resolution," said Senior Officer Travis Pace of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Thankfully no injuries were reported. It is not yet clear what led up to the situation.

Gomez was arrested without any problems. Investigators said he did have a warrant out for his arrest. He now faces charges of firing a gun within city limits, making terroristic threats, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

3News photographer Joe Escobedo experienced the shooting when he had to be rushed out of harm's way by police.

"I thought it was a good spot," Escobedo said. 

Escobedo was out at the scene to cover the story but did not realize how close he was to all the action. 

"I hadn't realized there was a police officer behind me taking cover," Escobedo said. "Not knowing gunshots were going off, and he pulled me down and told me to take cover."

That police officer pulled Escobedo back to safety and, in the process, leaving his camera right where it stood. All the while, it was still recording capturing the events of the tense situation.

"They were able to get a relative out of the apartment while the swat team and as patrol officers were getting set up and removing individuals from the immediate surroundings," Pace said. 

According to Escobedo, he is thankful for the officer who pulled him back and to safety.

"I'm glad they got me out of there. Because iIlove doing my job, but I love doing my job alive," Escobedo said. 

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