Taco Bell fan rages after price of burrito rises; shoots at cops and triggers 3 1/2 hour standoff
BY Philip Caulfield
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Monday, March 21st 2011, 9:26 AM
A disgruntled Texas taco lover shot at police and triggered a 3 1/2-hour standoff after he became upset that the price of his favorite fast-food snack had gone up 50 cents.
The man, whose name was not disclosed (gee, I wonder if he's a nigger), allegedly flew into a rage Sunday when a drive-through attendant at a San Antonio Taco Bell told him that the price of the Beefy Crunch Burrito had risen to $1.49 from 99 cents, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
"They did use to be 99 cents, but that was just a promotion," restaurant manager Brian Tillerson told the paper.
The man had ordered seven of them, adding an extra $3.50 plus tax to his bill, the paper said.
Tillerson told police that the man got angry, pulled out a BB gun and fired at him before fleeing into the parking lot.
Employees and customers then spotted the man pulling an assault rifle and a handgun out of the roof of his Mitsubishi Eclipse, the paper said, but he took off just as police arrived.
Patrol cars tailed him for about 2 miles before pulling him over, police said.
The gunman then fired at police with an assault rifle - shattering a windshield but missing officers - as cops shot back.
The gunman sped off again and eventually barricaded himself in a motel near Interstate 10, cops said.
Police arrested the suspect after SWAT teams flushed him out of the hotel room using tear gas. (KENS5.com)
As sharpshooters posted up on nearby roofs and authorities began evacuating nearby buildings, negotiators used a megaphone to attempt to coax the man to come out, cops said.
Eventually, SWAT teams flushed the man from the room using tear gas and arrested him, ending the standoff, cops said.
He faces attempted capital murder and weapons charges, police spokesman Sgt. Chris Benavides said.
Tillerson told the Express-News that the man had caused trouble before.
"The weird thing is, he was here a week ago around the same time last Sunday," Tillerson said. "He yelled at me then, too."