College Station police identify suspect in five hour standoff
Jonathan Bridges was arrested without incident after shooting at officers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - College Station police have confirmed the arrest of the man that led officers into a five hour standoff.
CSPD Chief said Jonathan Bridges was arrested by officers Thursday afternoon. Brazos County online court records show the 30-year-old lives in Bryan. Those records also show he is being charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, parole violation and possession of marijuana.
Officers are still investigating the scene and are asking everyone to avoid the area. Residents of the Southgate Village apartment complex have been cleared to go home.
During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chief Couch said officers were called to the complex off Luther Street after getting calls of a man acting erratically with a gun. When the responding officer showed up, they found Bridges inside a vehicle, Couch said. The officer stopped the vehicle and that’s when Couch said Bridges got out of the vehicle and started to run. The responding officer said Bridges fired his gun at him and ran into a nearby apartment.
Couch said the officer called for back up and officers with several surrounding agencies responded to the scene. Couch said Bridges broke out a window from a second floor room and continued to fire at officers. As they started communicating with Bridges, Couch said he would get agitated and fire shots out of the apartment.
No one was injured during the entire incident.
Couch couldn’t confirm if Bridges lived at the complex. He said the apartment Bridges broke into didn’t belong to him. CSPD was able to confirm no one was home at the time Bridges broke in. SWAT and crisis negotiators were called to the scene and managed to talk Bridges out of the apartment without incident.
Earlier in the day, College Station Public Information Officer Tristen Lopez said Bridges was very dangerous and had an “extensive criminal history”. Chief Couch couldn’t elaborate on what Bridge’s criminal history was or his current charges, but did say he had an active parole violation.
Residents of the Southgate Village apartment complex were evacuated to the Lincoln Center, but they have been cleared to return home.
College Station police said the shooting started before 10:00 a.m. Wellborn Road between Holleman Drive and George Bush Drive were closed but reopened at 2:00 p.m. They ask that everyone to still avoid the area.
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