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A MAN discharged his firearm and held his girlfriend hostage in San Antonio on Tuesday afternoon after police attempted to serve an arrest warrant on him.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Dre Pangelinan said the suspect attempted to flee from police by discharging a couple of rounds in the air.

Pangelinan said the suspect took a woman, believed to be his girlfriend, hostage as he crossed the main road in Afetna and walked toward a family residence in San Antonio.

“At the moment the suspect has barricaded himself along with the victim inside his home,” Pangelinan said.

More than 50 federal and local task force responders were activated in response to the hostage situation.

As of Tuesday evening, the situation remained unresolved and police officers were still at the scene.

This image from a video shows a man and a woman about to cross Beach Road in San Antonio on Tuesday afternoon. Police said the man was pointing a gun at the woman, who is his girlfriend.  Contributed photo

Video footage of the suspect walking outside the Afetna Supermarket and then crossing the road while holding a gun to a woman’s chest circulated on social media.

DPS said it was taking extra precautionary measures by blocking the main roads that lead to and from the village of San Antonio.

DPS also asked motorists “to steer clear of and to allow emergency response vehicles to safely and efficiently respond to the scene.”

Variety learned that on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho issued a warrant of arrest for 31-year-old Gordon Aldan Castro on charges of attempted murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and use of a weapon in the furtherance of the crime.

In Oct. 2015, Judge Camacho found probable cause to charge Castro with holding his family hostage for seven hours at his house in Afetna.

In that case, Castro was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and disturbing the peace.

No other information about the case was available as of press time Tuesday.

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