Man found dead after standoff in Texarkana, TX identified

Published: Oct. 8, 2016 at 10:06 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 10, 2016 at 2:40 PM CDT
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TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) - Police have identified the man dead in his home in Texarkana, Texas, about 9 p.m. Saturday following a standoff that had lasted more than 4 hours.

Texarkana, Texas police say it was 31-year-old Lance David Martin.

The events leading up to the discovery of his body began about 4:30 p.m.

"We received a call. A lady was concerned with the welfare of her son who resides here at this location. And that is what brought officers here to this location," police Sgt. Geoff Lewis said.

The woman told authorities she had called to check on her son and, while on the call, possibly heard gunshots.

Authorities evacuated people from a couple homes neighboring the house on Robinhood Lane near Charlotte Street and asked that residents stay off the streets.

"It's a very frightening experience, you know. You are going about your day to day and something jumps off like this," one of the evacuees said.

Officers went to the residence to check on the man's welfare.

"Upon arrival, officers went to check the front door. They couldn't get anybody to respond," Lewis said. "They continued to knock.

"After a couple of attempts, they heard a shot near the front door. At that time, they fled back to cover. And they heard a second shot whenever they were in cover."

About 2 hours after the standoff began, police called in the SWAT team to take over the operation.

Subsequently, repeated efforts were made to contact the man believed to be in the home.

Police entered the residence about 9 p.m. and discovered a body believed to be that of the homeowner, whom they said had died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was in the home.

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