AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police said one person was detained after a SWAT situation Monday night in east Austin carried on into early Tuesday morning.
Just after 6 a.m., the Austin Police Department tweeted the suspect is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
From Monday night into Tuesday, officers and crisis negotiators were trying to make contact with the suspect, who had a gun and refused to come out of a home.
Officer Michael Bullock with APD’s Public Information Office said the situation began as a domestic disturbance between multiple people at a home in the 3300 block of Merrie Lynn Avenue just before 10 p.m. Monday.
Merrie Lynn is between Manor Road and Clarkson Avenue in the Cherrywood neighborhood. The area is likely to be closed until 7 a.m., APD said.
Bullock said one of the people pulled out a gun during the disturbance, which caused the others to exit the home. Officers got to the scene and determined the person with the gun was the only one still in the home.
Bullock said nearby residents were evacuated from their homes as officers tried to make contact with the person. They weren’t able to, so the SWAT team was called to help.
“So when we have someone who is armed and inside of a residence, that typically activates our ‘barricaded subject’ response, which almost always involves SWAT,” Bullock explained. “Our resources on patrol are limited, not just from manpower, but SWAT has very specialized techniques that allow them to contain an area and to respond to rapidly evolving circumstances.”
Police also noticed smoke and flames coming from inside the home, according to Bullock. The Austin Fire Department is there to contain the fire.
The suspect is being evaluated by EMS because of the fire in the home, according to APD.