AUSTIN, Texas — A suspect is in custody after a SWAT situation in Central East Austin early Tuesday morning.
The Austin Police Department said officers responded to the Mueller Place Apartments on Wellington Drive, just northeast of the Mueller neighborhood at around 1:42 a.m. Reports were received of a domestic violence situation at that location, where a man was armed with a handgun and threatening a victim. The victim was able to contact 911.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers located the victim and were able to get them safely out of the area. They are not injured, according to police.
Officers who arrived at the scene discovered that the suspect inside the apartment was still armed with a handgun and had an active warrant for aggravated assault with a weapon against a family member. Officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, but he refused to come out or speak to officers.
This triggered a SWAT call, as the suspect was armed and refusing to comply with officers. The APD SWAT, K9, Hostage Negotiation and Robotics units responded to the scene, as did law enforcement officers with the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
After some time, officials were able to make contact with the suspect and get him to come out of the apartment on his own. Officials took him into custody without any major incident.
Police said the suspect is now facing the warrant arrest, as well as any pending charges directly related to this incident.
Residents of apartments in the immediate area were contacted by police to inform them of the situation. There was a Capital Metro bus on the scene for people who left their apartments to board and stay warm as law enforcement respond to the situation.
Police said officers will remain on the scene for a bit longer, but they have begun breaking the scene down.
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