Man arrested after 2 SWAT scenes at Leander home over 2 nights


LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Leander police arrested a man early Friday morning after a second SWAT situation at a home over consecutive nights.

Brennon Lawrence, 27, was arrested after police say he fired shots Wednesday night during an argument with a neighbor on Emma Rose Trail near Mason Street. No one was hurt in the gunfire.

Police from multiple agencies and a SWAT team first tried to arrest Lawrence at a home at the 500 block of Emma Rose Trial early Thursday morning but when they sent a robot in the home, they found it was empty.

Though Lawrence didn’t own the home on Emma Rose Trail, police said he lived there occasionally and so surveillance units watched the home Thursday. When it became apparent he’d returned, Leander police and the Central Texas SWAT Team returned with an arrest warrant early Friday.

Ahead of the SWAT response, Leander police alerted neighbors via Reverse 911 text messages urging them to shelter in place. Then they contacted Lawrence.

“We were in communication with Mr. Lawrence for several hours before it was determined that gas was going to be used,” said Leander Police Lt. Mike Mohler in a news conference. After officers used the gas, Lawrence surrendered to police at 5:17 a.m.

“We’re always trying to go for a peaceful resolution so as long as we see change and steps towards peaceful resolution, that’s always what we’re going to go for,” Mohler said. “We’ll always try to talk a subject out. We never ever want to use force.”

Officials are working to obtain a search warrant for this home and Lawrence’s belongings. Lawrence faces a third-degree felony charge of deadly conduct and Mohler told KXAN Lawrence could face additional charges.he is also being investigated for more charges.

A deadly conduct charge is used when someone uses a weapon recklessly that could lead to the death or bodily injury of another person.

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