A man accused of threatening to shoot police and kill himself was arrested Thursday after a long search involving a helicopter and short chase involving a moped, officials allege.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office was called about 8:30 a.m. Thursday to the 900 block of 21st Street in San Leon by a woman who said her estranged husband was trying to break into the house, officials said. He got inside and into an argument with the woman, officials said.

While the woman was on the phone with dispatchers, the man could be heard saying he was going to shoot police, and threatening to kill himself.

He left the house on a motorized bicycle before deputies arrived, officials said.

The man was next spotted by a volunteer fireman, who relayed his location to the sheriff’s office. Deputies, constables and a Department of Public Safety helicopter spent the next two and half hours searching for the man.

Searchers looked in boats, garages and along the shore of Galveston Bay before finding the man and arresting him after a brief chase.

Jason Lee Allen, 38, was wanted by several different agencies, including for a probation violation for possession of a controlled substance, according to the sheriff’s office.

He was charged with evading arrest with a motorized vehicle, a felony, as well as misdemeanor evading arrest. He was being held on $62,500 bond at the Galveston County jail on Friday.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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Tim Thompson

He was not following protocol, he should have been trying for short search, long chase . . .

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