Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Chief Chacon said the 911 caller said the person living at the home on Channel Island Drive had not been seen for several days. Chief Chacon said the 911 caller said the person not been seen for several months. The article has been updated.
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said an officer was shot in a southeast Austin neighborhood Sunday night and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect in the shooting was taken into custody and was in the hospital, according to Chief Chacon. The chief said the man’s condition was not known but Chacon said it was not life-threatening.
Chacon said someone called 911 around 7 p.m. Sunday about a person living in the home on Channel Island Drive who had not been seen for several months and had not answered the door. That’s in an area east of Interstate 35 and west of Onion Creek.
According to Chacon, officers arrived at the home around 9 p.m. because the call was considered a lower-priority call.
Chacon said when the two officers didn’t hear from the person inside, the officers went into the front door announcing that they were police officers and were confronted by a resident with a gun.
The man then followed the officers as they went outside and fired shots, according to Chacon. At 9:05 p.m. one officer said that they were shot, according to Chacon. Both officers fired back, the chief said.
The suspect then went back into the home and SWAT was called out. Shortly before midnight, the suspect came out of the home and was arrested, the chief said. That’s when officers discovered the suspect was injured.
Both APD officers involved will be put on administrative leave during the investigation, as is policy, according to Chacon. One officer has been with the department for nine years and the other for 10 years, according to the chief.
Video from the officers’ body camera will be released to the public 10 business days from the shooting, Chacon said.
There was a large police presence in the neighborhood with both APD and Texas Department of Public Safety personnel responding, as well as Austin-Travis County EMS and the Austin Fire Department overnight. SWAT teams also responded to the scene, according to KXAN crews there.