AUSTIN, Texas - A man is dead and two Austin police officers were hurt in an overnight incident that lead to a SWAT standoff.
Austin Police Department Interim Chief Brian Manley said someone called 911 around 10:45 p.m. Sunday and asked for officers to come to a home on Ponciana Drive, which is in the southeastern part of the city.
Three officers responded to the duplex and began knocking on doors. Someone answered at the first door but didn't need any help. At the second door, no one answered.
As the officers were leaving, someone inside the duplex shot at the officers.
One officer was hit in the arm. Another was injured running from the gunfire. Both officers were taken to the hospital and are expected to be okay.
“The officers ran from the front of the house and jumped over a fence and called it in and at that point, we had multiple units on scene. One (officer) was immediately extricated. Took a while to get them out into the ambulance and transported to the hospital and it took a little while longer for the second officer to get on its way given we still had someone in the residence that had a weapon and fired at the officers trying to get them out safely,” Chief Manley said.
The suspect barricaded himself inside the home after the shooting. SWAT officers eventually shot and killed him as he came out of the duplex.
Austin police said two officers who fired their weapons at the suspect have been placed on leave as part of a routine investigation of the incident.
A nearby elementary school is opening late Monday morning because of the police activity.