Police: Man detained after woman found dead in east Travis County home


6:55 p.m. update: A woman was found dead inside a home in eastern Travis County after police responded to a tip reporting that a man had killed his wife, Austin officials said Thursday evening.

Homicide investigators obtained a search warrant for a house in the 5400 block of La Loma Ln., at the Oak Ranch mobile home community, after police received the tip by text message, officials said. A SWAT team was sent out and when it arrived, a man surrendered voluntarily, they said.

Officers entered the home and found a woman dead, police said. Officials did not say how the woman died. 

No one else was injured in the incident, officials said.

Police did not identify the man or the victim.

The man was detained but has not been charged yet, police said.

Neighbor Joel Guerrero said that when police arrived, he saw officers throw what looked like a smoke grenade inside the house. About five minutes after it detonated, a man came out, he said. 

In video of the arrest taken by Guerrero, a man lying on his hands and feet near the house is seen crawling backwards toward a group of officers taking cover behind a SWAT vehicle. The officers then handcuff and take him away. 

Guerrero said he didn’t know the people who lived at the home where the incident happened. He has lived in the neighborhood with his family for almost four years and said it’s the first time an incident like this has happened there, he said. 

“Actually, we moved here because it’s a very peaceful area,” Guerrero said. 

Watch Austin police give a briefing on the case below: 

6:20 p.m. update: Austin police are now investigating a homicide in eastern Travis County after SWAT responded to a call at the location, officials said.

All nearby roads have been reopened, with the exception of La Loma Lane, police said.

Earlier: The Austin police SWAT team is responding to an incident in eastern Travis County, officials said.

Police are advising the public to avoid the area in the 5400 block of La Loma Ln.

This is a developing story. Watch for more details.



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