Around 9:45 a.m. Monday, police and first responders rushed to Midtown Manor, near the MPEC, where there were reports of a man, possibly armed with a machete and a person who had been stabbed.
Police surrounded the apartment building and residents were told to stay inside their apartments.
The victim was then taken to the hospital.
“I was nervous. I was a little scared,” said Monica McCawley, a home caregiver inside Midtown Manor at the time
McCawley was helping her client inside at the time of the incident and said staff made an announcement over the intercom, telling residents to lock their doors and not come out until they got an all-clear from police.
“Because of everything that goes on these days with school shootings and other things, I was really kind of nervous; but I calmed down.”
Wichita Falls Police Sergeant Harold McClure said multiple police units surrounded the building, as they tried to get Michael Estep, 38, to come out, who was believed to be armed and still in the building at the time.
“When you call out SWAT negotiators, you’re gonna get a handful of officers arriving,” McClure stated.
But McClure pointed out Estep had left the building, shortly after the stabbing and was later arrested on 8th Street. The all clear for residents came shortly after 11 a.m.
McCawley stated she has children and grandchildren, in addition to her client and acknowledged she’s very protective.
“I am known in my family as Mama Bear. Even if I had clocked out, I would have stayed to protect him,” McCawley said. She’s not only grateful for the police but help from above.
“I’m a believer and that he had it. And this is a good residence if people need it,” McCawley said.
And we are still working to learn the identity and condition of the victim. Estep is in the Wichita County Jail right now, charged with one count of aggravated assault. Estep, of Wichita Falls, is not listed at a specific address. Court records show some convictions in Dallas many years ago and a recent arrest in Jack County for injury to a child or disabled person.
UPDATE: Police say the suspect is in custody shortly after 11 am. He was taken into custody on 8th Street. Officers say the suspect is a white male.
Police say it’s unclear how the suspect left the building.
Police responded to Midtown Manor at 9:45 this morning for a check welfare.
Shortly after, AMR arrived on the scene and transported one victim to United Regional.
Police do not know the condition of the victim at this time.
Police and SWAT negotiators are currently on the scene.
Police believe the subject is still on scene, the building has not been evacuated. Police do not know at this time if the suspect is a resident.
We will update this as more information becomes available.