A 22-year-old woman is facing terroristic threat charges after she reportedly barricaded herself in a bathroom, prompting a full SWAT response at an East Lubbock business on Tuesday.
Rosenda Rey, 22, was taken into custody and booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on several outstanding warrants and a possible third-degree felony charge following reports of possible shots fired, according to Lubbock Police Department Public Information Officer Tiffany Pelt.
Police received numerous calls at about 11:30 a.m. in reference to possible shots fired at the Texas Health and Human Services Office at 1716 Parkway Drive after employees observed the armed woman, said Pelt.
“Originally,” Pelt said, “we had gotten reports that the female was armed with a gun — one of the employees saw what appeared to be a real gun — and then they heard what sounded like a loud pop. And of course, we are going to investigate that as seriously as if there was an actual shot fired or a real gun, but what our officers did find in the bathroom where the woman was located was a CO2 gun that shoots pellets or BBs.”
The initial report immediately prompted an evacuation of the building and the parking lot of the Mackenzie Village shopping center as the LPD SWAT team, negotiators and Bomb Squad were called to assist.
The evacuations were as a precautionary measure and the full-on response also enlisted the help of the Lubbock Fire Rescue Tactical Medics and EMS.
LPDs command staff, including the police chief, were on the scene addressing evacuees.
After about two hours, Pelt said, negotiators and SWAT members successfully made contact with Rey and found she had attempted to disassemble the weapon.
“Every case is different,” Pelt said, “when we get a call of a possibly armed subject that’s barricaded themselves in a building, something that our SWAT officers do along with our negotiators and then the captains and lieutenants who come out here, is they assess the scene and determine what areas that we want to push the public back for their own safety.”
Officers began clearing the scene by 2 p.m.; no injuries were reported and Rey was said to be the only person inside the building.
According to Pelt, Rey surrendered peacefully, and the case remains under investigation.