Sheriff: Stand Off Suspect Recently Returned from Iraq War - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

NEW INFORMATION: Iraq War Vet Accused in Apartment Standoff Out of Jail

Michael Lawrence Benzing, Jr. Michael Lawrence Benzing, Jr.

Newschannel 6 has learned the man accused of firing shots and holding deputies at bay in a five hour SWAT standoff is 25 year old Michael Lawrence Benzing, Jr. He is an Iraq War Vet who had just recently returned home.

The situation unfolded at the Arcadia Windmill Apartments around 2 a.m. Monday.

Deputies responded to a call about a welfare check and shots fired.

Deputies say the Benzing was intoxicated and had fired two shots.

Law enforcement officials evacuated the apartments near Benzing as they tried to make contact with him. Tenants living in the complex were taken to a nearby fire station. 

Wichita County Sheriff Deputies say the Benzing's friend called law enforcement. He told officials Benzing was intoxicated, had several weapons, and had already fired two shots into the air. The friend also reported the Benzing was threatening to harm himself. 

Deputies and the SWAT Team tried to get Benzing to surrender, but they say he refused to come out of his apartment. 

Law enforcement finally forced their way in and arrested the suspect around 7 a.m. Monday morning, after a five hour standoff.    

Benzing was taken into custody and is at the Wichita County Jail.

Deputies say they found ten high powered rifles in Benzing's apartment, which included an assault rifle, shotgun, and a hand gun.

Benzing faces two counts of deadly conduct. He went before a judge Tuesday morning. 

Michael Benzing was released on a $25,000 bond Tuesday.

Sheriff David Duke says witnesses reported the suspect had problems from his combat situations.  Newschannel 6 worked to learn more about mental health services available to Texoma veterans, and Newschannel 6 found out there are no services for vets in Wichita Falls.

Veterans needing to see a psychiatrist have to be sent to either Forth Worth or Lawton to see someone who specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6

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