"Standoff ends with peaceful surrender" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Aggravated robbery suspect Jamaul Jarelle Johnson (center) was swamped by family and friends following his surrender to officers after several hours of standoff that ended peacefully.

   A 29-year-old Bay City man is in custody after a peaceful surrender to officers after a tense standoff involving several agencies Friday, July 10, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department said.  
   Jamaul Jarelle Johnson is charged with aggravated robbery and evading detention with a motor vehicle, the sheriff’s department reported.   
   When Johnson surrendered to officers at about 2 p.m. Friday, it capped a day that began around 5:53 a.m., when sheriff’s deputies were sent to a robbery in progress at Rawlings Bait Camp at 4532 FM 2031 in Matagorda, deputies reported.    
   A bait camp employee said he was shot during the course of the robbery.    
   He described the suspect and his vehicle, a tan Chevrolet Tahoe.    
   The victim was flown to Houston via Life Flight Helicopter with multiple gunshot wounds, deputies said.  
   The man was able to return home late Friday afternoon.   
   Deputies responding to the robbery saw the vehicle heading north on Texas 60 towards Bay City and a vehicle pursuit ensued, reports show.   
   The pursuit continued into Bay City and ended on Ben Eva Street, just east of the Stripes Convenience Store located at 5620 7th St. Bay City.  
   Deputies observed the suspect stop the tan Tahoe in the yard and run into a residence on Ben Eva St.    
   The residence was surrounded and shortly thereafter negotiations began.  

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