Premont man arrested after standoff that took several hours

Posted at 9:22 PM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 22:22:03-04

PREMONT- A man is in custody tonight after a standoff with hundreds of policemen that took several hours.  Twenty-two-year-old Michael Rivas of Premont was arrested and will be booked at the Jim Wells County Jail.

According to a press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Premont police was called at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday for a domestic incident at a home on NE 4th Street in Premont.  When officers arrived on the scene this morning, a male suspect was in front of the house holding a rifle. After talking with officers the first time, the suspect shot multiple rounds at law enforcement and their cars. The suspect went inside the house, took a gas can and looked like he poured gasoline inside the house. The suspect then threatened to start a fire inside the house. 

Law enforcement evacuated the neighbors from their homes and set up a perimeter.  Multiple SWAT members made entry into the home and arrested the man.  He will be taken to a hospital in Alice for a medical check-up.  

The Premont Police Department was assisted by the Alice Police Department SWAT; Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office SWAT; Brooks County Sheriff’s Office SWAT; the Jim Wells County Constable’s Office; and DPS Troopers, Texas Rangers and DPS SWAT; Texas Game Wardens; Falfurrias Fire Department; Weslaco Fire Department and Air Med of South Texas.