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Suspect barricaded for several hours arrested during traffic stop

Police say the suspect was firing at his neighbor's dog before officers arrived.

SAN ANTONIO — A man who was at the center of a 36-hour SWAT standoff was arrested during a traffic stop just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Authorities were dispatched to where Baldemar Martinez was after receiving calls, which were categorized as a mental health call. Things took a turn when the neighbor called police again said Martinez was shooting at their dog. No one was injured, nor was the dog shot. 

Police first responded to the 5400 block of Diamondback Trail around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to SAPD spokesperson Nick Soliz. The caller reported to police that the suspect was yelling and throwing beer bottles before he pulled out a gun, escalating the situation. 

Authorities on the scene worked for several hours to resolve the situation peacefully, he said, adding that Martinez was then wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

"There is no timetable for when he is going to surrender," Soliz said, adding no one is believed to be in the home with the suspect. “The action plan is to do exactly what we’re doing now unless the person who’s barricaded forces us to do otherwise.”

After being on scene for several hours, SWAT and other marked units left the scene, and COVERT units remained and conducted surveillance. The suspect was seen getting into a green Ford SUV, and that SUV was subsequently pulled over. 

Martinez was taken without incident and booked on three felonies --- probation violation, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and deadly conduct.  


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