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Suspect fatally shot by Leander police at North Austin hotel

The Central Texas Regional SWAT team was working to serve a narcotics warrant early Tuesday morning.

CEDAR PARK, Texas — The Central Texas Regional SWAT Team is on the scene of a local hotel, the In-Town Suites on North Lamar. Police reported that one person is dead after they tried to serve a narcotics warrant around 12:30 Tuesday morning.

The SWAT team was issuing a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation with Cedar Park police's organized crime unit. Upon entry, officials said a SWAT team member fired his weapon, fatally striking a 34-year-old male in a hotel room.

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Police said the investigation is ongoing and they were still on scene investigating as of 5 a.m. The hotel is located at 9906 North Lamar Blvd.

Leander PD said while executing the search warrant, the following items were recovered at the location:

  1. 2.3 kilos methamphetamine to include approximately 1,000 ecstasy tablets
  2. 12 ounces psilocybin (“mushrooms”)
  3. approximately 250 Xanax tablets
  4. Two guns were recovered on scene by Cedar Park Police Department Organized Crime Unit. Additionally, one gun was taken as evidence by Austin Police Department as part of the investigation.
  5. $6,795 cash

This was not a "no-knock" search warrant, police said.

The long-time officer involved will be placed on administrative leave. The name of the suspect has not been released.

Leander police said the Austin Police Department was immediately summoned to the scene to investigate the officer-involved shooting. Two APD officers were on the scene when the warrant was executed. No officers were injured.

Members of the Central Texas Regional SWAT team include Cedar Park police, Leander police, Pflugerville police and Georgetown police.

This is Leander PD’s first officer-involved shooting. This is also the first officer-involved shooting for the Central Texas Regional SWAT team, which has conducted 150 missions since 2014.


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