Thursday, June 30, 2022

Partnership the Key to SWAT Success

Monday afternoon, the call came in; there was a “threat of violence against students and staff at Byron Nelson High School (BNHS) in Trophy Club.”

According to information provided by Trophy Club Police, “An unknown subject contacted police advising he or she had placed bombs in multiple locations throughout the school and that (s)he was currently in an undisclosed location inside the building armed with a firearm.”

Students and staff were placed on lock down. At about 6:30pm, the evacuation of students began. Students were taken Trophy Club’s Medlin Middle School where they were released to parents or loaded on school buses.

It was then that the North Tarrant Regional SWAT (NTR SWAT) and the Town of Flower Mound SWAT entered the school and conducted a systematic search floor by floor. Ultimately nothing was found and the campus was designated as “all clear.”

“The opportunity to work alongside the NRT SWAT professionals is an honor,” said Southlake Police Lieutenant and Team Commander for NRT SWAT, Jose Luna. “The situation turned out very well, with no one hurt. There is also great satisfaction in putting our training to work.”

Southlake Police Chief James Brandon adds, “These types of law enforcement partnerships are so important to successful outcomes which is why the Southlake Police department is a part of, and trains with, the North Regional Tarrant SWAT. In addition, several of our patrol officers were on scene to assist The Trophy Club police department.”

Trophy Club police are continuing their investigation as detectives work to follow up on all leads to identify the suspect or suspects.