AUSTIN (KXAN) — The suspect involved in a hostage situation at a home on Rogge Lane in east Austin Wednesday evening was shot and killed by officers and SWAT, according to the Austin Police Department.
APD Chief Brian Manley held a press conference Wednesday night, saying none of the officers were hurt by gunfire between them and the suspect, and the hostages — a woman and 10-year-old boy — are now safe and unharmed.
Manley advised they are still in the initial stages of the investigation, and the whole incident lasted about an hour.
5:18 p.m. – Manley reported the original call came in at 5:18 p.m. for a car that had crashed into a home in the 2900 block of Rogge Lane. That’s near the intersection with Manor Road.
5:21 p.m. – Manley said the 911 center received another call from a woman in a different home in the area, reporting that someone had broke into her home. At this point, officers responded to both calls.
5:23 p.m. – Officers arrived at the woman’s home and heard a disturbance and screaming, according to Manley.
5:27 p.m. – Officers forced entry into the home and found the suspect, who fired shots at the officers. One of the officers returned fire. It is unclear if the suspect was hit at this point, Manley said.
Officers then exited the home and called for additional officers as well as the SWAT team, since the incident escalated into a hostage situation involving the woman who called 911 and a boy believed to be about 10 years old, Manley said.
SWAT arrived on scene and began its protocols and staging personnel. Officers had been trying to communicate with the suspect with the PA system and through phone calls, asking him to put down his weapon or surrender, Manley said.
At one point, Manley said a door was open, revealing the child hostage motioning to officers to come inside, telling them there was no one inside the home with him. However, officers saw the suspect shut the door. This is now believed to be an attempt to lure officers inside, according to Manley.
The suspect was seen periodically during the process, Manley said, but he would go back into the home.
6:17 p.m. – Manley said the suspect opened the door, and officers saw him. The suspect, who Manley said is believed to be a 21-year-old man, was holding the child in a “hostage position” in front of him.
A SWAT officer fired and hit the man, fatally wounding him. Manley said both hostages were recovered safely.
What APD knows about the suspect
APD said it did not have knowledge of the suspect before this hostage situation, and the victims did not know the suspect. Additionally, Manley said there is no known connection between the suspect and the house he broke into. He has not been identified.
Multiple investigations underway
Manley said multiple investigations are going on at this time in regards to the incident. APD Internal Affairs is investigating along with the Office of Police Oversight to determine if proper policies were followed.
The two officers — a patrol officer and a SWAT team member — who fired their weapons have also been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol. The patrol officer who first responded has been with APD for eight years, and the SWAT officer has been with the department for 13 years.
A criminal investigation by the APD Special Investigations Unit is also underway with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
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