GRAND PRAIRIE — A standoff with a wanted felon ended peacefully after SWAT team members forced their way into a home where the suspect barricaded himself Wednesday morning. The standoff lasted more than seven hours.
Police said the suspect, 22-year-old Julian Ripple, stole a gun from his girlfriend's family's home in the 5700 block of Appalossa Drive Tuesday afternoon and fired it in the air before he fled. Police were unable to locate him.
Grand Prairie Public Information Officer Mark Beseda before Ripple holed up inside a family member's home in the 1800 block of Family Circle.
According to Mark Beseda, a spokesman with Grand Prairie police, officers were called to the home at about 4 a.m. Police were told Ripple hit someone with a gun inside the residence. Family members left the scene and called 911, but the suspect remained inside.
While Ripple initially refused to talk with police, Grand Prairie officers were able to make contact with him just before 9 a.m.
Beseda said after hours of failed negotiations, SWAT officers entered the home and took Ripple into custody.
Ripple was taken to Grand Prairie Detention Center and faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony criminal mischief, and had outstanding warrants for a felony narcotics charge and a prohibited weapons charge.
Beseda said detectives continue to investigate the incident and more charges are expected.