A local man who was involved in an altercation with law enforcement agencies on New Year’s Eve 2014 was taken into custody after an armed standoff with deputies Saturday.
The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Monday afternoon indicating that Bryan Lomeli, 27, of Greenville, was booked into the Hunt County Detention Center on multiple charges.
The office was dispatched at around 6 p.m. Saturday to 2100 North State Highway 34 regarding a disturbance in progress.
The report said the initial call indicated a female had been assaulted and the suspect, Lomeli, was making threats of killing her. Lomeli fled the scene in a white Dodge Durango. Responding deputies observed the vehicle with Lomeli still inside on the side of the highway a short distance away.
Lomeli was reported to have refused to exit the vehicle, making threats of harming himself. It was determined during the standoff that he was armed with a knife and an unknown caliber firearm. Deputies repeatedly attempted to negotiate with Lomeli to surrender but it became apparent that he was becoming more agitated and hostile at which point a less than lethal weapon was utilized to gain compliance.
Lomeli was transported by AMR for medical evaluation and subsequently booked into the jail, according to Sheriff Randy Meeks.
“I am grateful that this situation was able to resolved without a loss of life and I commend the deputies for making sure that Mr. Lomeli did not harm anyone else and that we were able to prevent him from harming himself,” Meeks said.
Lomeli was being held on a $30,000 bond on one count of assault causing bodily injury-family violence and a parole violation on a charge of tampering with/fabricating evidence.
Lomeli is also considered a suspect in a separate aggravated assault with a deadly weapon case that occurred earlier Saturday.
It wasn’t the first time Lomeli had a confrontation with the sheriff’s office. He pleaded guilty in July 2015 in connection with an altercation with a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy on Dec. 31, 2014.
Lomeli had received one indictment from the Hunt County grand jury for resisting arrest with a deadly weapon in connection with the incident. The charge alleged Lomeli pointed a BB pistol at a deputy, who was forced to draw his own weapon while attempting to detain Lomeli in connection with a reported armed assault against another individual.
Meeks said one of his officers was forced to draw his weapon on Lomeli after Lomeli appeared to be reaching for a handgun.
Meeks said his office was contacted about a reported disturbance on State Highway 34, between Greenville and Wolfe City on Dec. 31, 2014. Deputies arrived to find a victim at the scene had been assaulted with an unknown weapon, with lacerations reported to the individual’s head and back.
A deputy observed Lomeli, who was alleged to have fled the residence on foot. The deputy gave chase, resulting in the altercation with Lomeli.
Lomeli pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of resisting arrest, search or transport, a Class A Misdemeanor offense. Under a plea bargain arrangement, Lomeli was sentenced to 210 days in the Hunt County Jail, with 195 days credit for time served.