Levelland police gave the all-clear around midnight Sunday after being on scene of a barricaded subject in the area of Avenue T between Houston Street and Highway 114 for more than two hours Saturday night.
Levelland Police Chief Albert Garcia said the call came in around 10 p.m. Saturday in reference to a domestic dispute in which a male subject was making life-threatening remarks, as well as gathering firearms inside the residence. Chief Garcia said a female subject had concealed herself in the garage of the residence.
Police arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the residence and due to the nature of the call, began evacuating neighboring residences. Garcia said if residents were unable to leave, they were told to stay inside their homes until the all-clear was given.
Garcia said a negotiator with the Levelland Police Department was on scene and attempted to make contact with the male subject multiple times without success. While preparing a plan on how to proceed, Garcia said another subject entered the police perimeter by driving through City Park to gain access to the residence.
Garcia said the subject exited his vehicle and attempted to enter the residence while carrying what police observed to be a handgun. Officers gave the subject multiple commands and the subject eventually complied.
The subject told police he was the suspect’s son and that he was attempting to enter the residence to find his father. Garcia said officers then made entry into the residence and could not locate the suspect or female subject who had reportedly been inside when the call came in.
However, Garcia said police did observe a large amount of blood and firearms, as well as spent shell casings, throughout the residence. Around this time, police received a third-party phone call advising the suspect was possibly at a residence in the 100 block of Avenue U. Police searched several residences and eventually did locate the suspect at a residence in the area.
They learned the large amount of blood was likely a result of a laceration on the suspect’s forearm that occurred while punching out a window at the residence on Avenue T.
The suspect was identified as Ronny Jay Wheeler, 50, and he was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon of a family or household member, and terroristic threat. Additionally, the second subject, identified as Bryce Wheeler, 28, who entered the police perimeter while carrying a firearm was also arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon and interference with public duties.
Bonds have not been set for either subject arrested and both are being held at the Hockley County Jail.