A nearly five-hour standoff with police at a Waco home Thursday evening ended with a wanted man’s peaceful surrender after police fired tear gas into the house.
Officers from multiple law- enforcement agencies began working the scene after the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve several McLennan County warrants on Edward Alvarado, 42, about 3:15 p.m. at a home in the 1400 block of South 26th Street.
Alvarado barricaded himself in the house, and the task force called for help from the Waco Police Department SWAT team and the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office.
The agencies evacuated neighbors from nearby homes, and families gathered in the street to watch as Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton attempted to negotiate a peaceful conclusion to the standoff through a loudspeaker.
Swanton said there were several other attempts to communicate with Alvarado before using the speaker, including by cellphone.
Alvarado was wanted on four counts of felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of felon in posession of body armor and a single count of possession of a controlled substance.
Shortly after 6 p.m., Swanton, who has negotiation experience, told the suspect: “I know it seems like a lot’s going on out here. We just want to work this out.”
He tried several tactics, including bringing up personal details about the man’s life, and letting him know that his neighbors and mother were concerned for his well-being.
“We’re going to get you some help, Eddie,” Swanton said at one point.
But after more than two hours had passed, Swanton’s tone got tougher.
“We tried to work with you, but if you don’t come out of the house, whatever happens tonight is going to be on you,” he warned.
Alvarado remained silent during the entire course of the standoff, despite Swanton’s attempts to elicit a response.
Police ultimately fired tear gas rounds into the house just before 8 p.m., and several minutes later Alvarado walked out the front door with his hands in the air.
He was coughing and followed police orders to lie on the ground.
Officers gave him a bottle of water and access to an ambulance, but he was uninjured.
Alvarado was taken to the McLennan County Jail. It was unclear late Thursday whether he will face additional charges stemming from the incident.
Two other people were detained, but it was not known whether they were charged with a crime.
Alvarado had not been booked into the jail by late Thursday, so bond information was unavailable.