Hijacked taxi cab leads to chase, armed suspect being shot and killed by APD officers
UPDATE 10:20 p.m.: One person is dead after a SWAT situation turned officer-involved shooting in Southeast Austin.
APD interim Chief Brian Manley says there are three different scenes in this investigation. It started as a dispute between roommates, but the armed suspect hijacked a cab he was taking after the driver ran off. APD officer pursued the vehicle and the suspect reportedly rammed an apartment gate on Edge Creek Drive with the vehicle.
Chief Manley said the suspect was seen pointing firearm at their own head. A police negotiator tried to speak with the suspect, but the person pointed a weapon at officers. After multiple commands to drop the weapon, the suspect again pointed gun at officers. A total of seven APD officers fired weapons.
The suspect was declared dead at the scene.
All the officers from the incident are on leave as the investigation continues.
Further details were not immediately available.
A SWAT situation in a Southeast Austin neighborhood has turned into an officer-involved shooting.
Austin Police say the call started around 7 p.m. Monday at the 4900 block of Edge Creek Drive.
Charley Wilkison, the executive director of CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas), tweeted it started as a hijacked taxicab call and turned into a pursuit, and armed standoff with a hostage. He said the officers in the incident are Ok. The condition of the suspect and the hostage was not clear.
The officer-involved shooting happened near Perez Elementary school. Austin ISD said “some” staff had to move to a music room during the SWAT incident, no students were inside. The staff are now safe.