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Man violating restraining order led to police and SWAT standoff

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Shown here is the entrance to the Spanish Gate complex on East Country Club Road, where Roswell Police and members of the Department’s SWAT team were on the scene Wednesday morning after a woman said a man she had a temporary restraining order against refused to leave her apartment. (Alex Ross Photo)

The Roswell Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and several police officers were sent to East Country Club Road Wednesday after a woman contacted police to say a man she had a temporary restraining order against refused to leave her apartment.

In all, about seven RPD officers, one sergeant and the RPD SWAT Team were involved in the encounter that lasted about three and a half hours, according to Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the RPD.

The woman contacted the RPD at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday to report that Mark Stephen Henderson, 54, was in her apartment at the Spanish Gate development, in violation of a temporary restraining order she had against him.

The woman had a current or prior relationship with Henderson, Wildermuth said.

After he entered the apartment in violation of the temporary restraining order, he locked himself in a bedroom and the woman said she heard sounds, which she thought was Henderson loading one or more firearms he had previously left at the apartment.

Henderson had refused orders by police officers to come out of the bedroom, Wildermuth said.

A search warrant was then obtained and the RPD SWAT Team was on scene to execute that warrant. When SWAT entered the bedroom, Henderson was gone, Wildermuth said. The SWAT Team left the apartment at about 11:30 a.m, he added.

Investigators believe Henderson may have escaped out of a bedroom window early in the encounter, Wildermuth said. He added that an arrest warrant for Henderson was issued on charges of contempt of court.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.