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SWAT arrest man accused of firing at officers in southwest Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- Residents in a southwest Austin neighborhood have returned to their homes after Austin police say a man fired shots at officers after refusing to come out of his house early Saturday morning.

The Austin Police Department SWAT team responded to a home in the 3600 block of Harpers Ferry Lane near Brodie Lane shortly after 2:30 a.m. from a person worried about their friend who posted several alarming videos on social media asking for help.

While officers were on their way to the call, they were told police were dispatched on a mental health call to the same address the day before involving the same person.

When police arrived they saw the front door of the house wide open and could hear him yelling from inside the home.

Dennis Edwin Mahan, 61, then walked out of the house wearing a robe with a liquor-type bottle in one hand and a stick in the other.

When Mahan wouldn't follow what officers told him to do, they Tasered him, but it didn't work and he walked back into the house.

Police say around 3:48 a.m., they heard several shots being fired from the back of the house. At the time, officers didn't know if the shots were being fired at them or in the air.

About 10 minutes later, Mahan fired more shots, this time from a shotgun at officers.

The SWAT team then set up containment around the home and evacuated nearby neighbors.

Around 6:30 a.m., SWAT forced him out of the home into the backyard using tear gas and was able to take him into custody.

Mahan was taken to the hospital to be evaluated. No one was hurt.

He is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant. 


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