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Police Respond to Armed Incident Involving Child Hostage at Laredo Apartment

On Sunday, July 7, 2024, at approximately 2:31 AM, Laredo Police dispatch received a call from a female requesting police assistance at 5606 Saint David Ln. She mentioned that a male individual named Miguel was in possession of a firearm but provided limited information.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the caller, who said the male, identified as Miguel Delgado-Samaniego, age 28, was intoxicated and had a handgun. She also mentioned he discharged the firearm on the way to the residence from a nightclub.

Officers discovered he was inside the apartment with a seven-year-old child. Attempts to contact him were unsuccessful, and officers heard furniture moving and the front door being barricaded. Responding officers set up a perimeter, and SWAT operators and hostage negotiators were requested. Incident commanders quickly assessed the situation, secured the scene, and began evacuating neighboring apartments for safety until the situation was contained.

The suspect refused to exit the apartment and made threats. The Special Investigations Unit quickly assisted in obtaining warrants for Delgado-Samaniego. At approximately 8:15 AM, SWAT operators made entry and detained Delgado-Samaniego. The seven-year-old child was secured without harm.

Delgado-Samaniego was served with warrants for endangering a child (SJF) and discharging a firearm within a municipality (C/A).

"I would like to highlight the exceptional performance of everyone involved in this crucial case. From responding officers to investigators, hostage negotiators, and SWAT operators, incident supervisors, and watch commanders for their patience, skills, and dedication in communicating with the suspect were instrumental. The precise execution in extracting the child unharmed while apprehending the suspect was a shining example of our department's capabilities. The outstanding service of everyone involved in serving our community does not go unnoticed." - Chief of Police, Miguel A. Rodriguez Jr

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