PORT ARTHUR - by Ashley Gaston - The Port Arthur SWAT team is trying to talk a 28-year-old man armed with several guns and who claims to have a homemade bomb into surrendering and releasing his 2-year-old niece after he barricaded himself inside his mother's home Wednesday morning in Port Acres.
KFDM anchor Ashley Gaston is at the scene. Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates.
The Port Arthur ISD has evacuated students at a nearby school.
Police responded to a call at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday of an intoxicated man causing a disturbance at a home in the 2500 block of 61st Street in Port Acres. Police say once they arrived the man barricaded himself inside the home with a 2-year-old still inside. He has several weapons, including rifles and a handgun. Investigators say the man claims to have a homemade bomb. Police called in a bomb squad.
Constable Eddie Collins told KFDM News the man's mother lives in the home with her 2-year-old granddaughter. The child is the man's niece, according to Collins. He said this isn't the first time the man has caused a disturbance with his family. Collins told us the woman ran outside when the disturbance began early Wednesday morning.
Collins said the man surrendered a shotgun in exchange for cigarettes. He still has two rifles and a handgun. Later Wednesday the man said he'd give up more weapons in exchange for chicken nuggets.
Officers have blocked access to the street and the surrounding area and they're urging the public to stay away from the area unless absolutely necessary.
The Memorial 9th Grade campus is near the scene. Police tell KFDM News the Port Arthur ISD has evacuated the campus and sent students to Memorial High School.
Stay with KFDM and kfdm.com for updates.