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PA SWAT team arrests burglary suspect

PORT ARTHUR - The Port Arthur Police Department SWAT team arrested a burglary suspect who refused to come out of a home, according to information provided to KFDM News by PAPD.

Investigators say a homeowner reported a burglary in progress early Tuesday morning at his residence in the Griffing Park area.

The man believed someone was in his home. The homeowner came outside and police ordered the suspected burglary suspect to walk out. He refused.

Police SWAT officers and responded and brought in a heavily armored vehicle.

The man gave up and was taken to jail.

No one was hurt and no shots were fired. 

The Port Arthur ISD sent students from the nearby Tyrrell Elementary to Thomas Jefferson Middle School because of the police activity and because of tear gas police used to help take the man into custody, according to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mark Porterie.

He told KFDM the district is using what happened as a learning experience and a way to practice its ability to respond to an unforeseen event. He says the students have done a "great job" and TJ Middle School has done an "excellent job" in accomodating the kids. He said they should be able to return to Tyrrell Elementary at about 11:00 a.m.        

PA SWAT team arrests burglary suspect

Tuesday, October 2 2012, 12:49 PM CDT
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