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Police seize shotgun, tomahawk after standoff at NE Side home

Gary Bombardier, 42, arrested on charge of firing weapon in city limits


SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police seized a shotgun and a tomahawk from a Northeast Side home where a man held police at bay for several hours before surrendering peacefully Tuesday morning.

Gary Bombardier, 42, walked out of the home unarmed around 5:45 a.m., six hours after police and SWAT negotiators began trying to convince him to give up, police said. 

Bombardier was firing a shotgun Monday night inside and outside his home in the 4000 block of Enchanted Sun, police said.

Two relatives were in the home when the standoff started but managed to escape safely.

"(They) provided us with information that the suspect was very agitated, may have been under the influence of prescription meds and alcohol," said Officer Douglas Greene, a public information officer for the San Antonio Police Department. "He never pointed the weapon at anybody. He fired it inside the house. He fired it up into the air."

Despite not firing at officers, Bombardier was still considered a threat, Greene said.

A SWAT team was dispatched to the scene in hopes of winning over Bombardier with words instead of weapons.

Six hours later, he surrendered.

"It definitely had all the elements of the potential of (it) going south," Greene said. "That's why we took our time."

Greene said Bombardier put up a struggle when officers tried to handcuff him.  Eventually, police called for a van to transport the 6 feet 7-inches tall man rather than try to fit him into a patrol car, Greene said.

Bombardier was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

He was charged with discharging a firearm in a municipality, but he could face more charges. 

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