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Man in custody after SWAT standoff in North Austin


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A fight between two women in North Austin early Thursday led to a standoff after a man pistol-whipped one of the women, then barricaded himself inside an apartment.

Austin police initially responded to a call about two women fighting in the 7200 block of Twin Crest Drive around 12:30 a.m.

Senior Officer William Costello said a man came out of a nearby apartment with a handgun during the fight and pistol-whipped one of the women, then went back inside.

When police arrived at the scene, he would not come out, Costello said.

Paramedics took the woman who had been pistol-whipped to an area hospital while SWAT units responded to the scene.

Officers evacuated the surrounding apartments, putting 10 to 20 residents on a Capital Metro bus while police tried to get the man in the apartment to surrender.

Costello said the man came out of the apartment on his own and was taken into custody. Residents, however, were kept out of their apartments for several hours while police obtained a warrant to search the man’s residence.

Costello said he was unsure exactly what charges the man will face.


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