10/05/2006

14-hour Texas standoff with man accused of wounding 3 ends; boy unharmed

By JEFF CARLTON
Associated Press Writer

FOREST HILL, Texas- A nearly 14-hour standoff between police and a man accused of shooting and wounding three people and holding a young boy hostage ended at dawn Thursday with the boy safe and a suspect in custody.

Police in the Fort Worth suburb of Forest Hill arrested Joe Dixon, 57, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Lt. Chris Hebert said.

The boy, described as a 4-year-old nephew of someone who lived in the house, was found unharmed and placed in the custody of an unidentified guardian, Hebert said. He said the boy had been in the house with Dixon throughout the standoff.

The standoff began late Wednesday afternoon after the suspect barricaded himself in the home with at least one handgun, a shotgun and the boy, Hebert said. Police had arrived in the residential area to find shooting victims in the area and in the home, including one person who was critically injured, Hebert said.

Police commando teams encircled the home overnight and authorities ordered the evacuation of everyone within a block of the standoff.

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