SWAT Incident At Amarillo Hotel, Suspect Identified

Amarillo Police have identified a man arrested Thursday, after a SWAT incident at the La Quinta Hotel.
The incident at 2108 South Georgia ended up with the arrest of 51-year-old Tony Len Nichols for unlawful restraint and deadly conduct. He’s been booked into the Randall Couny Detention Center.

Police officials say they received a call that a man was waving a gun at the address, But before police arrived Nichols went back into his room.

When officers arrived, he refused to open the door and started making threats to shoot the officers and any other that would show up.

A call came from a woman inside the room saying that Nichols had a gun and refused to let her leave.

The APD Critical Incident Response Team, including a Hostage Negotiator, were called to the scene, and they talked the man down until he released the woman.

A chemical irritant was sprayed into the room after Nichols refused to come out. The chemical assault continued until he came out of the room and surrendered to police.