Hostage situation in Refugio results in one fatality

REFUGIO, Texas — On Tuesday, April 7 2020 at approximately 2:26 am, Refugio County Sheriff’s Department communications received a 9-1-1 call from a female individual who reported that there was an armed man inside of her house located at 109 East Depot Street. A second 9-1-1 call followed from a neighbor who reported that they had just heard several gunshots.

The Refugio Police Department, as well the Refugio Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to the incident location.

At around 2:27 am, Refugio County Sheriff’s Office Deputies James Longoria, Sgt. Jeff Raymond and Refugio Police Officer Tammy Gregory arrived on scene. Responding officers approached the residence of 109 East Depot Street and noticed the front door was open. Responding Officers proceeded inside the residence and verbally announced their presence and observed what appeared to be blood on the front door. Responding Officers then heard a male subject’s voice say something to the extent of “if you come any closer, I will shoot her”. Officers retreated from the front area of the residence and took cover behind a vehicle parked in the driveway. Officers reported to communications that they had a hostage situation.

At around 2:35 am, Officer Gregory contacted Police Chief Enrique Diaz and informed him about the situation. Chief Diaz arrived on scene and learned that suspect Dewayne Curtis Lafond, 45 years of age, had barricaded himself inside the said residence with a female hostage. Officers contained the immediate area and evacuated surrounding neighbors from their residence for their safety. Further investigation rendered it necessary to request the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Beeville Police Department and Bee County Sheriff’s Office.

Once support assets arrived, elements from the Refugio Police Department, Beeville Police Department and Texas DPS Hostage Negotiators attempted to negotiate with Lafond aiming for a peaceful resolution which was unsuccessful.

The scene was subsequently turned over to the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers Division. At around 7:30 pm, Texas DPS Special Response teams tactically approached the residence and made entry resulting in an officer-involved shooting where Lafond was fatally shot. The victim was safety extracted and was unharmed. The active investigation is being handled by the Texas Rangers.

The Refugio Police Department would like to extend their sincerer thanks to the members of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Beeville Police Department, Bee County Sheriff’s Office and the Refugio Sheriff’s Office for their assistance and dedication in helping resolve a volatile situation.

 

Courtesy: Refugio Police Department

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