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DeSoto standoff, chase suspect in custody

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A suspect whom Dallas SWAT Team members were in a standoff with in DeSoto was taken into custody Tuesday evening, according to police.

The suspect, 20-year-old Davarius Cooper, had been wanted for outstanding family violence warrants.

Around 1 p.m. Tuesday, officers received a call from a woman in Pleasant Grove about family violence assault.

When officers responded to the call, Cooper was leaving the scene, according to police, and he took them on a 25-mile chase that ended in DeSoto.

Officials say that as Cooper was trying to elude them, he tried to pass two vehicles in front of him along Hampton Road, causing those vehicles to crash.

He then got out of his car and fled on foot into the woods, but eventually snuck out and into a woman’s unit at the Bo Jay Apartments.

“[The woman who lives in the apartment] got out of there to let us know what was going on,” said Sr. Cpl. Demarquis Black with the Dallas Police Department.

Authorities surrounded the apartment.

Initially, a few officers with weapons drawn thought they could coerce Cooper to come out with commands from a bullhorn.

However, as time passed, the intensity escalated, and SWAT and tactical teams arrived.

“We knew the guy was in there,” said Black. “What we did was SWAT and Desoto both negotiated and it came to a peaceful end.”

It isn’t clear whether or not Cooper was armed.

In 2012, police picked him up for shooting a gun in the air at a Madison Lincoln High School football game.

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