SWAT situation in midtown Tucson ends without injuryPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- A SWAT situation concluded Friday afternoon after Tucson police forced the subject of an outstanding warrant from a residence and arrested him. No injuries were reported.
Around 9:00 Friday morning, FIST agents from the U.S. Marshal service attempted to arrest 22-year-old Joseph Antonio Romero on an outstanding narcotics warrant. When he refused to come out, they called TPD for back up.
"The decision was made to initiate a SWAT and hostage call out based on the circumstances of having him inside the house," said Matt Ronstadt of the Tucson Police Department.
Tucson police blocked 21st Street from Treat Avenue to Tucson Boulevard as they attempted to negotiate with Romero.
After nearly 5 hours trying to convince Romero to surrender, SWAT tossed in flash grenades which also failed to convince Romero to exit the house.
The situation was resolved when TPD used gas to force Romero from the home and arrested him. Romero was turned over to the U.S. Marshals service.
FIST is an arm of the U.S. Marshals service focused on fugitive response. It stands for Fugitive Investigative Strike Teams.