College Station police standoff is live tweeted, trends on Twitter

Brazos County Jail
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 7:15pm

The 600 block of Harvest may look like a quiet street to live on in south College Station now but Tuesday night residents say it was a completely different story.

"At least every cop had a machine gun and it just felt like martial law or something and they just kept asking us to leave our house," said Texas A&M student Trey Rogers. "It was crazy."

Just after 10:00 Tuesday night, College Station Police responded to 610 Harvest in regards to a domestic dispute and shots fired call.

We're told when officers arrived the situation quickly escalated into a full blown police standoff.

"Attempts were made to initiate contact with the suspect inside but he refused those efforts," said Lt. Chuck Fleeger. "At that time our SWAT and hostage negotiation team were activated to come in and resolve the situation."

Rogers says he and his neighbors immediately took to Twitter to live tweet what was happening next door.

In a matter of minutes the hashtag "live tweet the neighbor takedown" became the tweet heard round Aggieland.

"I think it was the guy that lives behind him [suspect's house] started it and then we got it going," Rogers said. "We even had people from our hometown tweeting us about it."

It's a situation Lt. Fleeger says can be beneficial and harmful to police all at the same time.

"As soon as we became aware of what was occurring we attempted to send out information as quickly as we could. We initiated contact with the person who was putting out this information on social media and asked him to refrain from putting out information on specific locations of officers and he complied."

It was all in an effort to keep officers safe.

About two hours after the standoff began police were able to take 20-year-old William Herring II into custody.

He's charged with evading arrest with previous convictions and assault on a family member.

As for Rogers and his neighbors? He says it's a night they soon won't forget.

"You just never think that's going to happen in your neighborhood. It's really crazy."


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