Early man arrested for pointing gun at girlfriend's head

Lucas Ethan Lanier

An Early man surrendered to a law enforcement alliance Wednesday morning after barging into his girlfriend's house, pointing a gun at her, threatening to kill her and stating that he would shoot police officers who would try to deal with him.

Lucas Ethan Lanier, 37, of Early was arrested by authorities and booked at the Brown County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

On Tuesday, a call was made to police by Lanier's girlfriend, who reported that Lanier had pulled out a gun and pointed it at her head during a heated verbal argument at her residence on the 100 block of McDonald Drive in Early, according to a press release from the Early Police Department. Police say the girlfriend also said that she was trying to get out of her relationship with Lanier, who she had been involved with for the past two years.

Following the altercation between Lanier and his girlfriend, Lanier hopped into his vehicle and drove away from his girlfriend's home, according to police. Police also reported that after Lanier left his girlfriend's house, he proceeded to send text messages to his girlfriend, stating that he was going to kill her, shoot at police officers that would try to engage with him and was willing to be shot dead by cops if he had to be.

After being informed of the domestic confrontation, the Early Police Department was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Lanier for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a search warrant for his house on the 6700 block of County Road 411.

The Early Police Department and the Brown County Sheriff's Office requested assistance from the Abilene Police Department's SWAT team due to the potentially dangerous circumstances surrounding the serving of both warrants.

Early Wednesday morning, the Early Police Department, the Brown County Sheriff's Office, the Abilene Police Department's SWAT team, Texas Rangers, Lifeguard EMS and Air-Evac EMS and the Lake Bridge Fire Department all met to serve both of the warrants for Lanier.

At about 9 a.m., Lanier was taken into custody at his home by law enforcement officials without any conflict and was then transported to the Brown County Jail for incarceration.

Lanier was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police discovered multiple guns, including the handgun that was pointed at Lanier's girlfriend's head, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside of Lanier's house while searching his house.

Authorities say they are glad they were able to find a peaceful solution to the tense situation.

Lanier is currently being held at the Brown County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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