Leander man arrested, charged after 8-hour overnight SWAT standoff

Williamson County

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Early Thursday morning, the Leander Police Department said they took a suspect into custody after an eight-hour overnight SWAT standoff at a home on Waterfall Avenue.

Police identified the suspect as Ty Curiel, 39, on Thursday afternoon. They said he was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, penalty one group, and disorderly conduct-discharging a firearm. He was taken to the Williamson County Jail, officers said.

Police originally got a call of shots being fired outside and inside the home in the North Creek subdivision around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

They said when officers got on scene, Curiel went into his house and reportedly fired two more shots. Central Texas Regional SWAT was called out a few minutes later.

Law enforcement at an overnight SWAT standoff on Waterfall Avenue in Leander. (KXAN Photo/Andrew Choat)
Law enforcement at an overnight SWAT standoff on Waterfall Avenue in Leander. (KXAN Photo/Andrew Choat)

Police said SWAT negotiators called Curiel’s phone, but he wasn’t cooperative. Another shot was heard inside the home around 2:38 a.m. Negotiators continued to contact him, police said, and eventually gas was used inside the home, which successfully brought Curiel out.

He was taken into custody around 4:35 a.m. No one else was inside Curiel’s home with him at the time, and no one was hurt, officers said.

Waterfall Avenue is off North Bagdad Road near Hero Way. As the incident happened late Wednesday night, people living nearby were told to stay inside and lock their doors.

Police said the alert to residents was sent to a “very broad area,” but the only affected people are those living near 1300 Waterfall Avenue.

One person, who lives near the Benbrook Ranch neighborhood, shared the email alert sent around 9:30 p.m. with KXAN. It read:

“This is an emergency message from the City of Leander. There is a law enforcement event in your area. You are instructed to take shelter in your residence and lock all exterior doors and windows and turn off all internal lights. Thank you.”

Several law enforcement agencies, including the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, helped Leander police.

Williamson County email alerting residents in Leander to stay indoors (KXAN Photo)
Williamson County email alerting residents in Leander to stay indoors (KXAN Photo)

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