1 in custody following SWAT callout in northeast Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A suspect with several felony warrants out for his arrest is in custody after a SWAT callout at an apartment complex in northeast Austin Thursday night.

Police say the situation took place at 7227 E. U.S. Highway 290. That’s near Northeast Drive.

Paul Markel (Austin Police Photo)
Markel Paul (Austin Police Photo)

APD said in a briefing the suspect, 25-year-old Markel Paul, was being tracked for several days by law enforcement. Because of his warrants and suspicion of being armed, SWAT was called. The SWAT team helped get Paul out using gas after he previously refused to come out.

Residents previously cleared out of nearby apartments and taken to a safe place were able to return to their homes.

Ausin police say Paul was wanted on a parole violation for an assault family violence – strangulation charge. He had two other warrants for the same charge from Round Rock and Cedar Park police.

SWAT situation on E. U.S. 290 Jan. 7, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)
SWAT situation on E. U.S. 290 Jan. 7, 2020 (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)

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