WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — People who live on a stretch of Anderson Mill Road in the Jollyville area were told by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office to stay indoors for much of Thursday evening.
An Austin Police Department spokesperson gave the all-clear around 7:50 p.m., saying a “distressed male” called 911 saying he was going to barricade himself inside his apartment at the Broadstone 8 One Hundred apartments.
The SWAT team later determined the apartment in question was empty and the residents were safely elsewhere.
Police said they do not know the identity of the man who called 911. West Parmer Lane and Anderson Mill Road were closed during the incident.
Sheriff Robert Chody said in a tweet at 5:16 p.m. there was a potentially dangerous situation underway in the 8100 block of Anderson Mill Road, next to West Parmer Lane.
In a follow-up tweet, the sheriff said the 911 call was a hoax and asked the public to help identify the voice in the call. Chody said the caller was “swatting” the apartment, a “dangerous and expensive resource draining hoax.”
The 911 caller said he had “too much” meth, mentioned pipe bombs, claimed he shot his wife and threatened to “shoot up everyone” in the frantic, minute-long recording released by the sheriff.
Anyone with information on the voice of the caller can notify the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 512-943-1300.