TEXAS CITY — A three-hour standoff ended peacefully Wednesday night after police swarmed a truck where a man was holed up with a shotgun.

Police surrounded a house Wednesday afternoon as a man with a gun barricaded himself in his vehicle. 

The man had a gun and was sitting alone in his pickup, Texas City Police Chief Robert Burby said.  Police were initially called at about 4:30 p.m. to the house in the 11500 block of Strom Road after a woman reported her boyfriend had assaulted her, Burby said. 

When police arrived, the woman told officers her boyfriend left the house carrying a shotgun. Police said they saw the man carrying the shotgun walk from the house and get into his pickup.

Police evacuated nearby houses and closed the road. Texas City SWAT was also called, Burby said. 

Officers were at first in no rush to take any aggressive action. 

Three hours into the standoff, though, and after the man reportedly pointed his gun at an officer, SWAT members used flash grenades to subdue the suspect. After a brief struggle, police pulled the man from his truck.

Sean Michael Nelson, 27, faces criminal charges of aggravated assault on a public servant, domestic assault and violation of a protective order.

He was being held in the Texas City jail Wednesday night awaiting transport to the Galveston County Jail where bond would be set.


Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

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