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CORSICANA - A 22-year-old Corsicana man was arrested Sunday following an early morning gun shot incident and a standoff with police and sheriff's deputies.

Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton said the incident that began with a report of gunfire at 515 a.m. Sunday in the 1900 block of West Collin ended peacefully when the suspect, who had refused to come out of his home in the 600 block of North 23rd Street, gave himself up.

Dalton James Richards was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Jackie Freeland Monday on charges of deadly conduct. Freeland set bond at $25,000.

Bratton said Richards is alleged to have a fired a gun in the direction of his girlfriend's mother outside of her home on West Collin Street at 515 am Sunday. He then fled the scene.

Investigators learned of the whereabouts of Richards through a citizen’s report, and obtained an arrest warrant for him, and attempted to contact him at the home on North 23rd. Bratton said Richards would not come out, answer the door, or the telephone when officers tried to contact him.

Bratton then called for the assistance of the Navarro County Sheriff's Department SWAT team. Assistant Police Chief Ronnie McGaha began coordinating the two department's efforts, while Corsicana Police Patrol Sgt. Todd Morris received a call from Richards that was transferred from the dispatch center.

Bratton said Morris convinced Richards to send his girlfriend out, then convinced the suspect to surrender himself. It was not believed that the girlfriend was being held against her will, Bratton said, but investigators are continuing to look into the circumstances of the standoff.

Police and sheriff’s deputies searched the residence on North 23rd, looking for any evidence from the early morning shooting. Bratton did not say if any evidence was recovered in the search.

No injuries occurred either during the early morning gun shot or the standoff, Bratton said. The investigation into the two Sunday incidents is continuing.

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