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SWAT standoff ends peacefully in Clovis

A standoff with Clovis' Special Weapons and Tactics team ended peacefully late Friday afternoon with one suspect in custody.

The incident began about 3:30 p.m. when police recognized a wanted felon in the doorway of a metal building near Fifth and Axtell streets, according to a police news release.

Louie Robert Maes, 37, was wanted for aggravated battery on a household member and criminal sexual contact, both felonies, police said. Police began seeking a search warrant for the metal building. About 4:15 p.m. Friday, while waiting on the search warrant, officers on scene reported hearing gunshots, just north of the building believed to be housing Maes.

"Officers were unable to locate the exact location where the shots were being fired. Based on this factor and the felony level crime Maes was wanted for, the Clovis Police Department SWAT Team was activated at 4:30 p.m.," according to the news release.

The incident ended about 5:45 p.m., 20 minutes after Maes' attorney, Tye Harmon, arrived on the scene and talked with Maes on a cell phone.

Clovis Police Capt. Roman Romero said Maes was not armed when he surrendered himself. He was handcuffed and transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center, where he was served with the outstanding warrants, police said.

Romero said it was possible the shots reported in the area were unrelated to the standoff, but officials were still investigating early Friday night.

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