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San Antonio police take down standoff suspect with bean bag rounds

Taylor John Rogers accused of holding girlfriend inside apartment on West Mayfield

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Police took a man into custody Thursday night after a short standoff that started with a report of shots fired inside an apartment unit in the 1800 block of West Mayfield.

The incident started around 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the complex where the suspect, identified by police as Taylor John Rogers, 23, was inside with his girlfriend.

Daryl Connally said he was shocked when he learned it was his childhood friend who was holding the woman against her will in their apartment.

Friends called Connally to let him know police had the couple's complex surrounded. While Rogers refused to answer calls from other friends, Connally said Roger's answered his call right away.

"He was just talking in a real fast pace. He was panicked. He didn't know what to do," Connally said. "I just told him to come out, don't make it worse than it is. I never seen him like that."

After more than hour of negotiating with Rogers, he agreed to let the woman leave. She came out slowly and was quickly whisked away to safety by officers.

Connally said Rogers told him he didn't do anything wrong and eventually agreed to give himself up.

"He said, 'I'm going to listen to you man. I'm gonna come out,' and he just came out," Connally said.

When Rogers finally decided to come out, he wasn't exactly cooperative with the officers, police said. Rogers refused to listen to officers' orders, and they were forced to use less than lethal means to take him into custody. Officers fired two shots at Rogers with bean bag rounds.

"Obviously our intention is to get everyone out safe and sound," said Matt Porter a spokesman for SAPD. "They give them strict instructions, again this individual failed to follow the instructions given to him and that's why they had to use less than lethal force."

Porter said no guns were found in the home and there was no evidence any shots were fired. Rogers faces charges of unlawful restraint.

Connally said he believed his friend just had a really bad day.

"He has a lot going on to in his life," Connally said. "I guess everything came down on him and didn't know how to take it."

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