SWAT situation: Suspect taken into custody near McKie Drive in north Austin

Sheila Scales (Courtesy: Austin Police Department)
Sheila Scales (Courtesy: Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin SWAT responded to an incident on McKie Drive in north Austin on Monday afternoon.

Around 6 p.m., Austin police said a suspect was taken into custody. APD identified the suspect on Tuesday as Sheila Scales, 33, who was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, a third-degree felony.

According to the Austin Police Department, a call came in around 2:04 p.m. reporting a gun shot in the area, which is near Cameron Road. Residents were asked to avoid the area.

In a briefing Monday evening, APD officials said the incident occurred in the 1300 block of McKie Drive in north Austin. Officials said the report came in as “a female with a gun who had fired multiple rounds into the air” outdoors. No one was hurt during the incident, officials said.

SWAT is still investigating, but officials said they believe there may be “a mental health component” involved.

SWAT personnel responded due to reports the woman was armed and evacuated neighboring residences, APD officials said. Scales was taken into custody at 6 p.m. “without further incident” before subsequently lifting the shelter in place, per APD officials.

Austin SWAT is responding to an incident near the 1300 block of McKie Drive in north Austin on Monday afternoon (KXAN/Juan Salinas Jr.)

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