UPDATE: SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin ends peacefully


11:55 a.m. update: A SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin on Friday morning ended peacefully shortly before noon.

Police responded to a home in the 1700 block of Nelms Drive around 5:05 a.m. for a “family violence situation.”

When officers arrived, a man in his 40s refused to answer the door.

After an hours-long standoff, the man surrendered to police. He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

Police said he was arrested on a family violence charge and an unrelated felony warrant.

Earlier: Austin police SWAT units are waiting for a man to surrender after a reported domestic disturbance at a Southeast Austin apartment complex early Monday, officials said.

Officers responded around 5:05 a.m. to a “family violence situation” at an apartment in the 1700 block of Nelms Drive, police spokesman Cpl. Chad Martinka said. When officers tried to contact the man who was the subject of the disturbance, he refused to answer the door, he said.

SWAT officers were called to the scene when officers discovered that the man faced an outstanding arrest warrant, Martinka said.

Police were negotiating with the man to come out of the apartment and surrender peacefully.

No one else was in the apartment unit with the man, who police described as around 40 years old. Officers do not believe he is armed, Martinka said.


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