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Stabbing leads to standoff; police stun suspect

By Jennifer Lee Preyss , ErinPradia
March 4, 2012 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.

A police SWAT team tackles David Romero to the ground after shooting him with a stun gun outside his home in the 2900 block of Oakland Street after a two-hour standoff. Romero was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police Sgt. Eline Moya said.

Victoria police arrested a 57-year-old man after a two-hour standoff in the 2900 block of Oaklawn Street.

The suspect, David Romero, of Victoria, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, police Sgt. Eline Moya said.

Police responded to the scene at 7:15 p.m. after a report of a stabbing. A 37-year-old male victim was transported to Citizens Medical Center for stabbing injuries. Police did not identify the victim, but Moya said he was listed in guarded condition.

After the incident, the suspect remained inside a one-story, gray-blue house with faded paint and a colorful Madonna painted on wall to the left of the white screen door.

Police armed with KO1 Impact Munition - also known as rubber batons - stormed the door commanding Romero to come outside. When the man did not respond, the officers left a black box on his porch containing a cellphone.

During negotiations, a police SWAT team used a megaphone to try to persuade Romero to come outside and take the cellphone so they could communicate with him. He responded with curses and threats, came out to the porch and threw the black box into the yard.

The man eventually came outside and sat on a wooden chair on the porch. The police started to move in toward the porch about 9:30 p.m. When they were visible in the light, the man turned to run back inside. Before he could get back inside, officers shot him twice with a stun gun, tackled and arrested him. The police then searched the house.

Romero had been contacted by the police previously for unrelated incidents in the past, Sgt. Moya said.

The suspect was taken by ambulance to Citizens Medical Center for treatment under police custody.

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