Sometime between the afternoon of Tuesday, March 10th, and 2 p.m. of Wednesday, March 11th, the town of Winters experienced it’s first homicide in several years according to Winters Police Chief Paula Geyer, “I’ve been here 10 years and this is the first one that I can remember.” Geyer said that the homicide was a family violence situation.
The suspect barricaded himself in the home after allegedly killing his girlfriend at the residence located at 501 E. Broadway. Winters police officers were informed that the man may be armed and when they arrived they found him barricaded in the home. According to witnesses, the standoff only lasted a short time due to assistance from family members. Geyer said that prior to the police entering the home the man ingested antifreeze in apparent attempt to commit suicide. Once in custody the suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment.
The Winters Police Department has not released the names of the suspect or the victim due to concerns of retaliation by family members. Once more details are released, along with the names of the suspect and victim, the story will be updated. The Winters Police Department, assisted by Texas DPS and the Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation. Runnels County sheriff deputies were also at the scene.
This was the 2nd time in 5 days that a critical incident occurred in Runnels County. In Ballinger on March 5th a suicidal woman barricaded herself in her home with her 3-year old child. That situation was brought to a peaceful conclusion by Ballinger police and a Texas DPS hostage negotiator along with help from state troopers, Abilene police officers, Abilene SWAT as well as Runnels County sheriff’s office deputies and chief Quentin Watkins of the Miles police department.