AUSTIN (KXAN) — A suspect is in custody after the Austin SWAT team and negotiators responded to a north Austin business Thursday morning to assist patrol officers with a barricaded subject refusing to cooperate.
Original call reports said a possibly armed person was hitting people inside the business.
The Austin Police Department said when officers arrived, a victim was found with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim was identified as an employee of the business.
Officers were able to locate the suspect before he barricaded himself inside the business, and according to APD, the suspect pointed a possible firearm at the responding officers.
APD confirmed the scene was located in the 9400 block of North Lamar Boulevard. That’s just north of West Rundberg Lane, near some fast-food restaurants.
Officers said customers and employees were still inside the business, but officers were able to evacuate them through a back door of the business. The injured employee was then taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
Photos show law enforcement outside the McDonald’s in the area.
Austin-Travis County EMS said three ambulances are also on scene for support.
The suspect was taken into custody at approximately 9:30 a.m., and officers are currently investigating what occurred. Officers intend to view video footage from the business to aid in the investigation.
APD said it was working to identify the suspect, and charges were pending following the investigation.
All shelter-in-place orders have been lifted, and all roadways near the scene have been reopened.