VIDEO: Man in custody after hours-long SWAT callout in east Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department took a man into custody Tuesday night following a SWAT callout at an east Austin apartment complex off Wickersham Lane.

Officers gave an update around 9 p.m. after first tweeting about the incident at 4:30 p.m. They said a caller reported a ‘disturbance’ inside an apartment at 3:07 p.m. and screaming and yelling could be heard.

When officers arrived, they heard the disturbance, but a man threatened to shoot officers if they entered the apartment, APD said. Officers also reported hearing what sounded like a firearm being loaded inside the unit.

SWAT and hostage negotiators were called to handle the incident as officers secured the area. Negotiators tried to contact the man inside the apartment, however, he was uncooperative, according to APD.

In the below video from viewers Jules Durel and Eli Roberson, SWAT can be heard trying to communicate with the suspect over megaphone or loud speakers.

“This is Austin Police — you have a search warrant and an arrest warrant for your arrest. You need to exit the apartment right now,” an officer said.

A series of loud bangs can be heard after the megaphone message, and what appears to be a line of law enforcement personnel can be seen running across the screen.

After not making progress with getting the suspect to come outside on his own, an arrest warrant was issued, which is what was heard in the above video. Officers then learned a woman was still inside the unit and was possibly being held against her will, APD said.

That’s when officers entered the apartment to rescue her. She was unharmed and is now safe, APD said. Officers are unsure of her relationship to the suspect.

The man was arrested. He faces terroristic threat against a peace officer charges, and more could be pending.

APD plans to search the apartment for any weapons.

Officers had asked people to avoid the area, but now a good portion of residents are being allowed to return to their apartments.

The scene was near South Pleasant Valley Road and Elmont Drive.

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