TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - The suspect in a hostage situation on Trinity County surrendered to authorities late Friday morning, according to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones.
The suspect in the case, Elmo Nelms, 81, of Trinity, is currently being held in jail. Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said that Nelms was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
"A lady indicated that her husband had busted in her front door and threatened to kill them, him and them as well," Wallace said.
Nelm was carrying a 20-gauge shotgun. Because the woman and her daughter feared for their safety, Nelm's estranged wife called 911.
A short time later, the secluded home turned into a scene out of a Hollywood movie.
"It was sort of like what you see in movies," Jones said. "You put it through the window, and let's try to talk to the guy because no one wants to hurt the gentlemen. They want to do it as safe as possible."
"She and her daughter ended up escaping into the back room and barricading themselves by putting furniture up against the door," Wallace said.
That move made it easier for members of the Walker County Sheriff's Office SWAT team to move in and rescue the two women.
"They were able to execute this move without anybody getting hurt, which is what we are looking for first of all," Wallace said. "We were able to get them out and move them to a safe distance. The man said he never knew they were gone."
Another team moved in on the front of the house and took Nelms into custody without any further incident.
"He's kind of playing it off like he doesn't know what's going on," Wallace said. "He did indicate that he heard us talking on the phone, which means he knew what was going on. "
Jones was one of the first law enforcement officials on the scene, and he was impressed with the operation.
"It was pretty strategic," Jones said. "They were very well organized and well grouped to take the subject into custody."