TEXAS CITY

A 40-year-old man was taken to the hospital early Thursday morning after an hours-long standoff with a SWAT team, the Texas City Police Department said.

The man, who was not immediately named, was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with self-inflicted wounds to his neck, the department said. He was not charged with any crimes on Thursday, but charges against him were pending, police said.

The standoff began about 9 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of 18th Avenue North, police said. The man entered a home on that street and attempted to start a fire inside of it, police said.

The home belonged to a relative of the man, police said. He did manage to start a fire, but it was put out before it caused any major damage, police said.

Other people inside the house escaped uninjured, police said. The man barricaded himself in the building, and threatened to blow the structure up, police said. A SWAT team, hostage negotiators and a bomb squad were called to the house.

Sometime after midnight Thursday, police forced the man out of the building using tear gas and nonlethal projectiles, the department said. He was detained and taken to the hospital.

There were no bombs or explosives inside the house, police said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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Ma Gill

Kudos to the police. It sounds like they did their very best to take care of the situation in a non-lethal manner.

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