PREMONT - A Premont man was arrested after a seven-hour standoff with more than 100 law enforcement officers on the scene after shooting at deputies.
According to Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno, Michael Rivas was taken into custody after he barricaded himself inside a home on the 200 block of Northeast Fourth Street Tuesday.
A portion of the home was "knocked down" by officers in order to get to Rivas.
According to Bueno, Rivas has mental health issues and is a narcotic user. He was transported to the Alice hospital for an evaluation.
Premont police responded to a family disturbance call at the residence at 10:45 a.m. when the incident quickly escalated into a standoff.
Premont Interim Chief Marcela Jimenez-Scott attempted to negotiate with Rivas when shots were fired.
According to Bueno, Rivas shot at officers with his rifle and Department of Public Safety troopers shot approximately 15 rounds back at Rivas.
Two bullets fired by Rivas struck law enforcement units.
Officers, and other officials, braved the scorching sun as negotiations with Rivas continued. Troopers, Game Wardens, Jim Wells County Sheriff Deputies, Alice SWAT team and Premont police assisted in the standoff.