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Man arrested after SWAT team called to North Austin Walmart

SWAT officers were called when the man refused to get out of his vehicle.
Credit: John Perry

AUSTIN, Texas — A man has been arrested after he refused to come out of his car in a North Austin Walmart, prompting SWAT officers to arrive. 

At around 9:45 p.m., the APD said it received a call from someone who said their family member had called them, was erratic and had a couple of warrants out for his arrest. Austin police later said they believe the warrants were related to drugs.

The caller told police they wanted officers to check on their family member who was in the parking lot of the Walmart located on 12900 N. Interstate 35 service road southbound. The caller also said their family member was known to carry knives.

When officers arrived, they found out the person was possibly involved in an earlier "incident" that involved a knife. The officers asked the man to get out of his vehicle, but he refused.

SWAT officers were then called to the scene. Later, they released chemical irritants into the vehicle in order to get him out. 

He got out of the vehicle and SWAT officers arrested him. A representative with the APD could not confirm whether a weapon was found with the man.

No one was hurt in the SWAT call. 

Before the SWAT officers arrived, everyone inside the Walmart was evacuated and directed to a safe place, as per police protocol. 

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