Man in custody after SWAT standoff in North Austin


.

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.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Man arrested after road rage shooting involving Austin police officer, officials say
Man arrested after road rage shooting involving Austin police officer, officials say

Austin police have arrested a suspect who a Cottonwood Shores man said shot at his family and an off-duty Austin police officer in an apparent road rage incident in Burnet County. An off-duty Austin police officer stopped along RM 1431 during the November incident and intervened at the time, shooting and wounding the gunman, Austin police...
Texan gets panel’s nod for federal judge post over Democrats’ objections
Texan gets panel’s nod for federal judge post over Democrats’ objections

It has become a familiar scene at the Senate Judiciary Committee: A Texas nominee for a federal judicial post gets blasted by Democrats before being approved on a party-line vote. On Thursday, the committee, which includes both Texas GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, considered the nomination of Matthew Kacsmaryk for a district judgeship in Amarillo...
Police: Man was racing when he crashed and killed 2 boys in Cedar Park
Police: Man was racing when he crashed and killed 2 boys in Cedar Park

An 18-year-old man arrested in the deaths of two young stepbrothers in a car crash last week in Cedar Park was racing when the wreck happened, police said Thursday. Hayden Michael Hammer was arrested and charged Thursday with two counts of racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony, Cedar Park police Cmdr. Bryan Wukasch said Thursday...
Anti-CodeNext PACs spend thousands to force vote
Anti-CodeNext PACs spend thousands to force vote

Campaign finance reports filed in Austin this week show that groups trying to put CodeNext on the ballot are raising and spending tens of thousands of dollars. Two special political action committees that are by and large against the city’s current revamping of the entire land use code, calling the effort “CodeWreck,” have spent roughly...
Mother, 8-month-old baby found dead in Taylor house after fire, officials say
Mother, 8-month-old baby found dead in Taylor house after fire, officials say

A mother and her 8-month-old baby were found dead Thursday inside their Taylor house after it caught fire, Taylor police officials said. Taylor police said they are investigating this as a suspicious death. Taylor firefighters were responding to an unrelated medical call when they saw smoke coming from the home at 2006 Brewer’s Place. Firefighters...
More Stories