Police release name of suspect in morning standoff

Police release name of suspect in morning standoff
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Police have released the name of the suspect in an apparent aggravated assault incident that led to an hours-long standoff in an Amarillo neighborhood.

Police say 56-year-old Mark David Dial has died after what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, ending the hours-long standoff.

Police received the initial aggravated assault call from 6100 SW 45th around 9:00 a.m. after a woman, who identified herself as the suspect's former girlfriend, told officers he tried to shoot her through a car.

Officers then approached a home in the 4200 block of Andrews, about two miles from the original scene, and believed they were shot at by Dial.

Police then used the bomb robot to attempt to make contact with Dial inside of the home. The robot broke a front window allowing officers to see inside of the house.

Dial was then discovered suffering from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Amarillo Police Department Special Crimes Unit determined that only one shot had been fired, and the bullet that had exited Dial's body is the same bullet that came through the window near the officers causing them to believe they were being shot at.

Neighbors who lived down the street said Dial was a quiet man who kept to himself but over the past few weeks he started to let himself go.

Others said this was the first time they have seen a situation like this.

"This is the first time I've seen this in 18 years," Jerry Partin said. "I guess it doesn't matter what neighborhood you are in somebody can go crazy and do something stupid which is exactly what happened today."

For safety precautions the APD asked residents to stay inside their homes and area business's to evacuate.

The area has since been reopened to drivers.

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