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10th Street Standoff

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The Wichita Falls Police Department and SWAT were involved in what was nearly a four hour standoff early Friday morning at the Harmony Apartments on the 1700 block of 10th street.

It all started at 7:35 a.m. when police responded to an attempted armed robbery at a nearby Walgreens on 9th street. After gathering information, a female officer spotted the suspect, Andrew Reynolds, 24, outside the pharmacy.

Reynolds then fled on foot to nearby Harmony Apartments where he broke into and barricaded himself inside vacant apartment number five. SWAT was called in to help assist once it was clear that Reynolds was armed and unwilling to leave the apartment.

Around 9:30 a.m., SWAT then deployed a talk box to begin negotiations with Reynolds to surrender his weapon and leave the apartment peacefully.  

Ronald Rampage has been living at Harmony Apartments for over a year. He lives directly above apartment number five where Reynolds had barricaded himself.

"I live right above it, I didn't know what was going on. It's kind of scary," said Rampage.

Reynolds had just dropped his kids off at school when he noticed the female officer and Reynolds run below his apartment.

"I've been out here since 7:30 this morning. Police made all other tenants either stay inside or get out," he said.

At 11 a.m. when Reynolds was away from his gun, police used a flashbang to stun and disarm Reynolds and retrieve the gun. After a few more minutes of talking with negotiators, officers were finally able to take Reynolds into custody.

"A flash bang was deployed by the swat team that allowed them to retrieve a weapon a handgun from the apartment. Once we had the handgun, we were able to talk to him and he came out peacefully at that point," said WFPD Public Information Officer Jeff Hughes.

After the standoff was over, Rampage and the other tenants were finally able to enter and leave their apartments as they pleased.

"Feels good that he's gone. I'm back in here, my family is back up there and my baby's sleeping," said Rampage.

Apartment five was once again vacant and empty. A closet door where Reynolds hid inside the apartment still remained open. His cigarettes and a lighter was still present. Rampage hopes that those who live in the Harmony Apartments can go back to their sound way of living.

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6