Driver threatens to kill himself during hours-long SWAT standoff in Bellaire, police say

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BELLAIRE, Texas — Local police officers and SWAT teams engaged in an hours-long standoff Friday morning with an armed suspect in the Bellaire area, the Houston Police Department confirmed.

The commotion broke out after a Bellaire police officer instructed a driver to pull over on Fournance Street near I-610 for an alleged traffic violation.

The suspect reportedly stopped, stepped out of his vehicle and then fired at least twice at the officer. Police said the bullets missed, hitting the windshield of the officer's patrol car instead. The officer returned fire, forcing the suspect to take refuge on the front porch of a home in the 4800 block of Tamarisk.

Holding a pistol to his head, the driver threaten to shoot himself.

"I had a very clear view of him," Bellaire officer Mike Netzel said. "He had a gun to his head; he had a gun to his mouth. He would move it to his body [and] he would put it down kind of."

Within moments, the residence was surrounded by an HPD SWAT team and officers from both police departments. The man eventually surrendered to negotiators after hours of talking.

No one was injured during the incident, police said.

The suspect is now behind bars at a Harris County jail.

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