Man kills girlfriend, holds police in 7-hour standoff

Donald Paul Hunting, 26, Arlington TX - homicide Gemini Court

An overnight standoff between Arlington police and a male suspect who allegedly killed his girlfriend ended after seven hours.

Donald Paul Hunting, 26, is being held in the Arlington jail on one count of murder. Police received a phone call Friday evening around 8:45 p.m. from a citizen who is believed to be Hunting’s father. He claimed his son killed a female at a duplex in the 600 block of Gemini Court in North Central Arlington.

Police believe the woman was killed during a physical assault which occurred earlier in the afternoon.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the woman dead in a duplex. Huntington barricaded himself in an adjacent duplex and refused to communicate with officers. Witnesses told police that Huntington might have access to firearms.

For several hours, police attempted to negotiate and communicate with Hunting with no success. A Tactical unit eventually took Hunting into custody around 4 a.m.

Out of caution, approximately five neighboring duplexes were evacuated. The Red Cross serviced the displaced residents.

The relationship between the suspect and the dead female has not been confirmed. However, police at the scene Friday night said they were boyfriend and girlfriend. Hunting is being held on a $150,000 bond.

The woman’s identity and cause of death will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner once next of kin have been notified.