Twenty-two year old Michael Rivas was booked into the Jim Wells County jail Wednesday evening after exchanging fire with law enforcement officers in Premont.
Rivas was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has a $100,000 bond. Additional charges such as attempted capital murder are expected.
More than 100 law enforcement officers surrounded a house on the 200 block of Northeast Fourth Street in Premont where Rivas had barricaded himself for approximately seven hours.
At 10:45 a.m. Premont Police Department received a family violence call.
According to Department of Public Safety Sgt. Nathan Brandley, the preliminary information indicated that when Premont police officers arrived on scene, Rivas was in front of the house with a rifle.
Premont PD requested back up. More than 100 law enforcement officers responded in full body gear and rifles.
After initially talking with officers, the suspect shot multiple rounds at law enforcement and their vehicles. Department of Public Safety troopers shot approximately 15 rounds back at Rivas.
"Anytime we have an individual or situation were life or property is threatened we are going to utilize all available resources," JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno stated. "Because we have an excellent working relationship with other agencies we were able to work together. I am grateful no one was hurt and everyone got to go home."
At one point Rivas went into the residence, took a gas can and appeared to pour gasoline inside the house. Rivas then threatened to start a fire inside the residence.
Multiple SWAT members made entry into the residence after they "knocked down" a portion of the home.
According to Jim Wells County Sheriff Daniel Bueno, Rivas has mental health issues and is a narcotic user. He was transported to the Alice hospital for an evaluation before he was booked in the JWC jail.
Premont PD's Detective Marcela Jimenez-Scott attempted to negotiate with Rivas when shots were fired.
Officers, and other officials, braved the scorching sun as negotiations with Rivas continued.
Premont Police Department was assisted by multiple agencies during this incident, including the Alice Police Department SWAT; Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office SWAT; Brooks County Sheriff’s Office SWAT; the Jim Wells County Constable’s Office; and DPS Troopers, Texas Rangers and DPS SWAT; Texas Game Wardens; Falfurrias Fire Department; Weslaco Fire Department and Air Med of South Texas.