A 22-year-old man was arrested Friday after a 10-hour standoff with SWAT officers at a motel on Tucson's south side.
Luis Felix Jr. had a woman and a 6-year-old boy hostage in a second-story motel room adjacent to the freeway, causing a stretch of Interstate 10 to close for several hours.
Just after 2 a.m., deputies responded to a call about gunfire in the 4900 block of South Outlet Center Drive, near Irvington Road and I-10, said Deputy Dawn Barkman, a Pima County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.
There, they found two bail bondsmen who had gone to arrest Felix and heard gunfire coming from inside the room where he was staying, Barkman said. The bail bondsmen used nonlethal force after Felix fired.
Felix was a fugitive with an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court in connection with burglary charges, she said.
After the shooting, Felix barricaded himself inside the room and told hostage negotiators he had a woman and children with him, Barkman said.
For hours, negotiators from the Pima County Regional SWAT team were in communication with Felix, who refused to come out of the room, Barkman said.
Guests at the motel were evacuated and traffic was severely backed up in the area as motorists had been routed off the freeway since 4 a.m.
About 12:15 p.m. Felix opened the door to the motel room and surrendered, Barkman said.
No injuries were reported.
Felix faces additional charges including two counts of aggravated assault from Friday's incident, Barkman said.
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