6:30 p.m. update: A man from Alabama was charged with deadly conduct after police responded to a call of a man with a gun Monday afternoon at a hotel near the Capitol in downtown Austin, Department of Public Safety officials said.
Police responded around 12:20 p.m. to the DoubleTree hotel on West 15th Street, between Guadalupe and Lavaca streets. DPS troopers initially contacted the individual by phone and advised him to unload his gun and walk out of his room. Instead, he walked onto the balcony without the weapon, DPS officials said.
DPS troopers and Austin police entered a fifth-floor room and took the man into custody. A handgun was recovered from the room.
Stanley Price, 61, of Lincoln, Ala., was arrested and charged with deadly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor, DPS officials said. Price was booked into to the Travis County Jail.
Medics did not take anyone to the hospital in connection to the incident, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.
1:33 p.m. update: Austin police say a suspect is in custody in connection with a “critical incident” in the 300 block of West 15th Street.
Few details of what sparked the incident were immediately available from authorities, but federal, state and local law enforcement officers responded to the scene.
The scene outside the downtown Double tree Hotel. pic.twitter.com/CWPyL4wB5j— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) February 26, 2018
Witnesses reported seeing a person with a gun and calling police immediately.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is handling the investigation.
Requests for additional information from the agency were not immediately returned.
EARLIER: Austin police are responding to a “gun – urgent” call at a DoubleTree hotel near the Texas Capitol.
Officers were dispatched to the hotel, 303 W. 15th St., at 12:12 p.m.
An Austin police spokeswoman said officers are asking people to stay out of the area.
Austin Community College sent an alert to students on its Rio Grande Campus, a few blocks away from the hotel, warning of report of a person with a gun on the building.
Austin police have not yet confirmed any details of the incident.
This is a developing story. Check back soon for more information.