Suspect killed in 8th St. standoff after firing at officers

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 9:18 AM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - Wichita Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego provided an update on the 8th St. standoff that ended in a suspect being shot and killed by officers.

Law enforcement was called to the 2500 block of 8th St. around 7:40 a.m. for a reported assault. The suspect, 17-year-old Gabriel Varella, reportedly hit his mother in the face.

She was able to get out of the home, but told investigators that Varella was still inside and there was a revolver in the home.

WFPD’s SWAT team arrived on scene and began negotiating with the suspect. The suspect was reportedly uncooperative with officers and stopped communicating with them.

The SWAT team decided to breach the house. Varella fired at officers once the door was open, hitting a protective shield. He then fled out the backside of the house, where he was confronted by officers. He was then shot and killed.

No officers were injured during the incident. Chief Borrego said no officers involved were wearing body cameras, and that the only officers who wear body cameras are motorcycle officers.

This is a developing story. Stick with News Channel 6 as we learn more.

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