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Cameron Mitchell Denton Cameron Mitchell Denton

Amarillo, TX - An armed man who barricaded himself in a home he was allegedly burglarizing is now in custody.

Police say the suspect finally came out from a home on the 3500 block of Carlton after several hours.

The suspect is Cameron Mitchell Denton. Denton was booked into the Randall County jail and is charged with Burglary of Habitation and Criminal Trespass. Additional charges are pending as the incident is still under investigation.

Police say the suspect called either a family member or friend, and that person contacted APD, which helped open communication with the suspect.

The Puckett neighborhood was closed and several residents were evacuated.

Officials say they tried to get the suspect out of the house by calling, and then putting tear gas several times because he wasn't responding.

A DPS Helicopter, Amarillo Police, and SWAT Team were on scene all day until the suspect was caught.


From the Amarillo Police Department:

Wednesday, April 24
UPDATE  9:30am

Identity of SWAT incident released. Subject booked into Randall County Jail.

The suspect has been identified as a Cameron Mitchell Denton W/M 27 of Amarillo. Denton was booked into Randall County on a charged Burglary of Habitation and Criminal Trespass. A handgun was recovered from the scene on Carlton that did not belong to the homeowner. The string of incidents (burglary & stolen auto) remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.


From the Amarillo Police Department:

UPDATE 6:45pm:

Amarillo man taken into custody after early morning burglary.

At 10:07am, officers were sent to 3512 Danbury on a suspicious male attempting to gain entry into residences in the neighborhood. At 10:13am and 10:14am additional similar calls were received in the same block. At 10:19am, a residential burglar alarm call was received at 3519 Danbury. While offices were responding, Randall County SO and DPS officers who were in the area assisted. A RCSO Deputy observed a male subject wearing a blue toboggan running north in the 3500 block of Danbury/Carlton alley. While officers were responding additional officers were responding to another residential burglary at 3505 Edgewood where a homeowner caught an unknown male subject inside their residence. The suspect was able to leave the residence before offices arrived.

During the investigation on the burglary on Edgewood, officers located a stolen 2004 Mazda Miata in the driveway. The Mazda was stolen in a residential burglary at 5509 Floyd earlier this morning. Police are also investigating another residential burglary that was reported at 6016 Dreyfuss at 9:34am this morning where a handgun was stolen.

As officers began to close in on the suspect in the alley between Danbury and Carlton, the suspect went into the backyard at 3510 Carlton and forced entry into the rear of the residence. Offices set up a perimeter and secured the area. The suspect was seen by several officers inside the residence and armed with a handgun of some type.

At 11:02am after securing the area, SWAT and APD negotiators were called to assist. For several hours, negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspect. SWAT officers deployed tear gas inside the residence in an attempt to force the subject to come outside. Due to the knowledge that the suspect was armed and that additional firearms were inside the residence, officers did not make entry for "officer's safety".

At 5:04pm, the suspect finally exited the house, unarmed and was taken into custody. He was taken to the Police Department for questioning. He is only described as a W/M 27 and his name and description of charges will be released when he is booked into jail.


From the Amarillo Police Department:

UPDATE 4:00pm:

Amarillo Police are continuing to search the home in the 3500 block of Carlton for a burglary suspect.

The male was seen in the home, but has not come out despite repeated efforts to contact him by telephone and by loudspeaker.

At this point, APD is investigating six burglaries or attempted burglaries in the immediate area of the address. The owner of the home on Carlton was not at home when the suspect entered after he was seen running from one of the previous crimes.

The 3500 block of Carlton remains closed to traffic. We have contacted AISD and no schools have been placed on lock down at this time.

 


From the Amarillo Police Department:

UPDATE 1:30pm: 

Puckett residential area remains restricted due to search for burglary suspect.

The situation on Carlton remains unchanged at this moment. Traffic will remain blocked. A DPS helicopter has been activated to help monitor the situation. Access to the neighborhood will remain restricted until further notice.


From the Amarillo Police Department:

Community: Puckett residential area has traffic blocked due to search for burglary suspect

At approximately 10:15 AM, APD officers responded to several burglaries in the area of the 3500 block of Danbury St. A suspect in one or more of the burglaries ran to a home in the 3500 block of Carlton and made entry.

Officers have seen the suspect and he appeared to have been armed with what appeared to be a handgun. Amarillo SWAT and negotiators are on scene attempting to make contact with the suspect at this time.

 


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