Former military member shoots at police, is in 30-hour standoff before surrendering, authorities say

former military member shoots at police leads them on  hour standoff before surrendering
Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, Mega

Nov. 30 2021, Published 4:20 p.m. ET

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A former member of the military led police on multiple chases, shot at them before and then led a 30-hour standoff in Texas, officials said.

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Just before midnight on Nov. 24, police said they received a call from 48-year-old Gene Solis, who said he was on his way to shoot someone. Officials said they knew Solis from his previous employment with the U.S. Army.

Police questioned Solis while on the phone with him, which made him angry, authorities said. Solis then said he would shoot anyone who tried to stop him and he was suicidal. Solis said he was going to make the officer “put a bullet in his head,” KCBD reported.

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Authorities said they found Solis in the area of the home of the person he threatened to shoot, which led to a short pursuit.


Later, Solis called police again and told them his body could be found in Hale Center and then gunshots were heard.

Police from Hale Center found Solis, which led to another pursuit. This one ended at the Army Reserve Center in North Lubbock around 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 25, officials said.

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While officers were watching the building, police said Solis came out and shot at them twice.

Around 9 a.m. on Nov. 26, Solis surrendered to police after more than 30 hours in the standoff.

He was arrested and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on two counts of aggravated assault. He was assigned a $250,000 bond for each count.


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