Police identify man responsible for seven hour standoff

McLennan County Jail
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 5:49pm

Police have identified the man who barricaded himself in a duplex and held  officers on a seven hour standoff.

Ronald Wayne Kennedy, 23, of Temple will be charged with attempted capital murder, burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit an assault evading arrest with prior convictions and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to Patrick Swanton with the Waco Police Department, Shortly after 11:30 p.m. on  Wednesday, officers responded to a domestic dispute in the 1100 block of N. 6 street.

When officers arrived at the home, Kennedy started to flee. Officers tased the 23-year-old with a stun gun, but he pulled the prongs out and continued to run.

Kennedy then fired a handgun at officers before barricading himself inside a duplex. One officer returned fire but did not hit the man. Six residents were inside the home but were able to escape safely.

The SWAT team fired rounds of tear gas cannisters into the building in an attempt to get the to get the man out of the home.

Officers used a robot to locate the position of the man and to determine if it was safe to enter.

Shortly before 7:15 a.m. police surrounded the home and was arrested  the suspect.

According to Swanton, Kennedy had a list of four unrelated warrants, evading in a motor vehicle, assault-family violence, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. 

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