March 25th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

'Married too damn long,' man, 84, says after SWAT standoff

An 84-year-old man barricaded himself in his house, telling police he had enough weapons to "take down the whole f-- army if I wanted to." He was arrested after a six-hour standoff with a SWAT team, Houston police said.

Police say Jarold Lancaster, who served in the Marines during World War II, was drinking and fighting with his wife.

He shot at her - but missed. That's when police say his wife ran out of the house to call for help, and he barricaded himself inside.

During the six hour standoff police tried all they could to get him out of his house.  They first called him on a phone, then used a loudspeaker and finally brought in the tear gas. Still, he still wouldn't budge.

"We put lots of tear gas in there," Houston Police Lt. A. Mihalco told CNN affiliate KTRK. "He withstood the tear gas. It seemed like it didn't even faze him."

The Houston Chronicle reported that police finally ended the standoff when they saw through a window that the man was awake and didn't have any weapons nearby.

After he was brought out of the house local reporters asked him about what happened between him and his wife.

Then, they wanted to know, how long had the couple been married.

"Too damn long," Lancaster answered, as he was taking away.

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Retired Navy

    There is no such thing as an EX-Marine, only former Marine

    March 26, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul in North Jersey

    I agree with warsteiner. If he wanted her dead she'd be dead. Semper Fi! Do or Die. Drunk and blindfolded I'd still
    get the job done. Was a scare tactic, although a little extreme. Its more understandable when you add in the
    Texas factor.

    June 12, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. KC

    Anyone who is ever a US Marine is a real tough cookie to capture especially a World War 2 Combat Marine, he must have served in bloody Iwo Jima that killed thousands of Marines on both sides, good thing he was in his 80s if not he would be a nightmare to capture !

    June 12, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. hjs3

    Is it mental health day for veterans yet?

    June 12, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. okidoki

    Only in America!

    June 14, 2010 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
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