Mesquite Police safely take barricade subject into custody after a 12 hour stand off


Photo by Teri Nehrenz

According to Mesquite Police Officer, Sgt. Quinn Averett, The Mesquite Police received a disturbance call at approximately 8 p.m. on July 25.  The initial information, from the reporting party, was that a neighbor had forced entry into their home. By the time the police arrived the subject had returned to his own home.

When police arrived on scene the subject immediately began making threats to the police officers and brandishing firearms.

Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Mesquite Police Officers immediately created a containment barricade and began evacuating homes in the area to maintain safety for the residents.

Mesquite S.W.A.T. team members arrived on scene and the subject began firing rounds at S.W.A.T. The number of rounds is estimated to be between 5-10 rounds; more precise information will be available once the police finish processing the crime scene. No officers were hurt during the shooting.

The MPD’s primary goal was to try to maintain contact with the subject and the hostage/crisis negotiator was able to gain some contact with the subject via phone but not consistently.

Photo by Teri Nehrenz

At 8 a.m. on July 26, Mesquite Police Officers were able to safely take the subject into custody. The subject did sustain minor injuries from the K9 Officer’s bites but is otherwise o.k.

More information will be available once the police complete their investigation of the crime scene. The subject’s name will not be released until the completion of the investigation.


  1. David Petrillo says:

    Great job by our police department. In a lot of communities, this person would have been shot dead at the first sight of a gun. The fact that the individual actually fired his gun and still lived was a sign that our police department is well trained with dealing with a mentally ill suspect. Thousands of mentally ill people were not so lucky in the last few years. The actions by our department possibly saved Mesquite or it’s insurance carrier millions of dollars. In this particular case, the police would have been justified in returning fire. Thankfully they used common sense and a local family is still intact.

  2. Bob Bodemann says:

    Great job must be PD Police K-9s are worth her weight in gold

  3. Rick Scholl says:

    Sounds like another great job by Mesquite PD. Glad all officers are safe.

  4. Mesquite is still a very safe city, because the Police Department did there JOB

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