11:30 p.m. update: A man who led officers on a police chase that ended in an officer-involved shooting was pronounced dead at the scene, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Monday night.
Manley said the incident started at about 5:30 p.m. and took place across three different locations in Southeast Austin.
According to the preliminary investigation, the incident began with a disturbance between roommates and a potential kidnapping at the 3300 block of Parker Lane, Manley said.
After the disturbance, the residents left that address and headed toward the 4800 block of Nuckols Crossing Road, he said. However, the suspect in the disturbance got into a taxicab and headed toward the Nuckols Crossing Road address, where he came across the victims.
The victims then called 911 and told a dispatcher that the suspect might be armed, Manley said.
The chief did not have further details on the reported kidnapping Monday night. He said no one other than the male suspect, who died in the officer-involved shooting, was injured in incident.
The suspect was still in the cab when police arrived, Manley said. The cab driver got out of the vehicle, but the suspect got behind the wheel and drove away.
More officers got involved and tried to get the suspect to stop, Manley said.
“The suspect did not stop but instead engaged in a pursuit with our officers,” Manley said.
The suspect pulled into a parking lot at an apartment complex in the 4900 block of Edge Creek Drive, and the officers following him noticed that he had a gun in his hand, Manley said.
At 6 p.m., the suspect pulled up to the apartment’s entrance gate and officers saw him holding the gun to his head, Manley said.
Police ordered him to drop the gun but he didn’t comply, Manley said. Minutes later, the suspect tried to ram the gates into the apartments but was unsuccessful in getting through, the chief said.
Police called negotiators and a SWAT team to try to resolve the situation, Manley said.
At 6:39 p.m., officers reported that the suspect pointed the gun at them, “and they were able to retreat to safety,” Manley said. “But three minutes later ... the officers reported that the suspect pointed the gun at them again, and at this point the officers fired their weapons.”
The suspect was still moving inside the vehicle and negotiators continued to try to get him to drop his weapon, but at 6:48 p.m., officers fired again at the suspect, “and at this point, the suspect stopped responding to the officers’ commands,” Manley said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Manley did not confirm Monday night whether the suspect died from the officers’ gunfire.
Manley said he has viewed video of the incident from one officer’s body camera, and he believes other police cameras also captured this incident.
A total of seven officers fired their weapons during the incident. They were placed on administrative duty, per Austin police policy.
The Austin Police Department will conduct an internal investigation to determine whether officers followed policies correctly, as well as a criminal investigation to determine whether they broke any laws, which is the department’s policy after police shootings.
Two of the officers who fired their guns have been with the department for 17 years, two for six years, one for five years, and two for four years, Manley said.
Watch Austin Police Chief Brian Manley give an update on the incident below:
Chief Manley briefing on APD Officer involved shooting https://t.co/ABjuWRvaB6— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) February 20, 2018
8:23 p.m. update: An officer-involved shooting in Southeast Austin started when a taxicab was hijacked Monday evening, an Austin police official told the American-Statesman.
Police vehicles then pursued the taxicab, the official said. The incident led to a SWAT call and a police shooting.
It was not immediately known whether anyone was injured.
After the incident started, police asked about eight teachers at Perez Elementary School to shelter in place. The school is less than a mile away from where the shooting was reported.
Police came to the school and asked the teachers to stay in a room, said Angie Lamb, a teacher at Perez. The teachers, who were at the school for a parent-teacher conference Monday night, have already been escorted them out, she said.
“The police did a good job of keeping us safe,” Lamb said after police escorted her out.
Earlier: A SWAT situation in Southeast Austin on Monday evening turned into an officer-involved shooting, Austin police said.
Police responded to the 4900 block of Edge Creek Drive. It was not immediately clear whether officers or the person they were interacting with was hit.
Police officials declined to immediately share details about the case but said they would give a media briefing later in the night.
This is a developing story; check back for details.