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Standoff suspect said he was too scared to surrender

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The man who held Dallas SWAT at bay for five hours Thursday said he never meant it to go that far.

Edgar Gonzalez holed up in an east Dallas LaQuinta Inn room where he had been living. Police went there to arrest him in connection with a misdemeanor family violence warrant. He was also on probation for family violence.

Officers had identified him by his distinctive tattoos as he walked around outside earlier in the day. They called the room and when he refused to come out they called in the SWAT team, alleging he showed violent tendencies in the past.

Gonzales said he didn't have any weapons and wasn't told why police were targeting him.

"I was scared. I know more than 20 guns were pointed at me… a sniper up top, a sniper on the ground. Any sudden move I would've made they would've probably killed me," he said.

The standoff ended peacefully a little after 10 p.m. No tear gas and no other aggressive techniques were employed.

Gonzales said he would have come out earlier had he not been so scared.

He was arrested for family violence in January for allegedly pushing a woman to the floor.

He's now being held on $25,000 bail.

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