Officers with the Lufkin Police Department received a 911 call around 4:30 PM Thursday afternoon from an unidentified male telling police he had stabbed someone in the 400 block of Greenbriar Street, according to Detective J. B. Smith.
As the situation unfolded, what started out as a possible standoff between law enforcement and a barricaded suspect wound up being a false alarm.
When officers arrived on the scene, the same person called again and said that the officers needed to back off, or they would get shot.
Smith said that LPD officials were unable to trace the 911 call because they believe the call came in on a phone that has no service.
Smith said, "So it's a phone that's able to dial 911 but it doesn't return to anybody and doesn't allow us to call it back."
Shortly after authorities arrived on the scene, an LPD officer used a bullhorn to demand that whoever was in the house come out with their hands up.
"We deployed are SERT team or special response team to the location. Officers held the perimeter until they were able to get a key from the homeowner, open the front door and send in our robot. Robot searched the house unable to locate anybody so the SERT team deployed 2 flash bangs those two loud noises you heard in the back as distraction devices behind the house to allow the SERT team to enter through the front door, search the residence and didn't find anybody there. So patrol is going to follow up and see if we can figure out where the call came from," said Smith.
Lufkin Police officers were in full tactical gear - body armor, helmets, and riot shields - approached the home with their guns drawn. Smoke billowed from the back of the house while LPD confirmed that the house was empty.
Smith says the LPD has had the robot, a small remote controlled vehicle with cameras mounted to it, for about 2 years.
In addition to the LPD officers, troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman, and the Lufkin Fire Department responded to the scene. The LPD responded to the scene with its Special Response Team trailer.
Smith says the SERT team has 14 members. 2 six-man teams and 2 separate team leaders.
LPD officers blocked off the street in both directions.
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