SWAT robot finds man dead at South Austin house after standoff, police say


A man was found dead around 9 p.m. inside a South Austin house that a SWAT team surrounded hours earlier on Monday, Austin police said.

After urging the man to come out via megaphone for several hours, SWAT officers navigated a robot with a camera into the house in the 3000 block of Fontana Drive. Once the camera was inside, officers could see that the man had “trauma to his body and was deceased,” Officer Bino Cadenas said.

Police did not release further details about how the man died Monday night.

"We have many detectives on scene ... trying to figure out what happened here," Cardenas said.

The incident started when a woman with a bloodied face raced to her neighbor’s house, police said. The neighbor called 911 around 4 p.m., and the woman was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, officials said.

Investigators got preliminary information that the man who possibly assaulted her was possibly armed and was still inside the Fontana Drive house, Austin police said. 

A SWAT team was called out and started talking to the man over a megaphone to come out. 

Police evacuated adjacent houses, and Austin school district police responded to the nearby Dawson Elementary School to monitor the situation there, police said. The public was allowed to return to their homes around 9 p.m.


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