Local man in custody after nearly 12 hour police stand off in Cuero

U.S Marshal has released the suspects name involved in the 12 hour stand off Tuesday.

U.S Marshal deputies were searching for Joseph Benoit Tuesday afternoon for previous charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and theft of property of more than $300,000.

The U.S Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have not released the man’s mugshot or his current charges.


An almost 12 hour standoff came to a close early this morning around 3 a.m.
Authorities say the suspect was taken into custody. after leading police on a chase on highway 87, a man got out of his car off Anderson Road and fired shots.
He then barricaded himself inside a house on Crestview Drive in Dewitt County. At one point he was in the house with his girlfriend. She was later released. Law enforcement negotiated with the suspect over the phone as they tried to reach a peaceful resolution.

Neighbors say the suspect has caused disturbances in the past, they also say they believe the suspect is on currently on parole for a previous crime.

In addition to countless law enforcement agencies on the scene, there was an ambulance and two DPS helicopters. A school bus also arrived on scene overnight to provide air conditioning to officers.

The suspect’s neighbors were displaced from their homes due to safety concerns. The standoff ended around 3 a.m. No one was injured. This is an ongoing investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

U.S. Attorney’s office will not release the man’s photo or name until he is officially charged.

We will continue to update this story as more information is released.