TEMPLE, Texas – Temple Police arrested 43-year-old Benjamin Troche Tuesday after he barricaded himself in his hotel room at the America’s Best Value Inn on North General Bruce Drive in Temple.
“At about noon today, hotel staff attempted to make contact with a guest who was due to check out of his room,” Temple city spokesman Cody Weems said. “That individual refused to leave his room and has barricaded himself inside.”
Police used gas to try to get the man out of his room. When they did, the man fired shots outside – which hit an armored vehicle.
“The subject did fire at officers,” Weems said, but did not know how many rounds he shot.
The northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 35 near Exit #302 – between Nugent Avenue and Adams Avenue – were shut down to keep people away from the hotel due to the angle of gunfire coming towards the highway.
Weems says the work of the department’s negotiators are the reason for a peaceful resolution.
“They have a team of people that are trained to negotiate in situations like this,” Weems said. “They all did a fantastic job today to bring about this resolution.”