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Man with lengthy criminal past arrested after 3-hour standoff with Abilene police

Tyler Ray Bridgewater

An Abilene man with a lengthy criminal history was taken into custody early Saturday morning after being involved in a nearly three-hour standoff with the Abilene Police Department and the Abilene SWAT Team.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, the Abilene Police Department responded to multiple reports of a weapon being discharged in the 2600 block of South 41st Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they quickly realized that handgun had been stolen from a vehicle at a nearby residence and that the suspect who had swiped the gun had retreated to his own home and began firing the weapon.

The Abilene Police Department then surrounded the home of the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Tyler Ray Bridgewater, and with the assistance of the Abilene SWAT Team, they were able to take Bridgewater into custody after being involved in a standoff with him for almost three hours.

Bridgewater has long list of arrests and charges dating back to February of 2001, when he was just 12 years of age.

The Abilene Police Department is still processing the scene.

Bridgewater has been charged with theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and discharge of a firearm in a certain municipality.

No information has been provided about Bridgewater's bond status yet.

KTXS News will provide more details when they become available.

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