AUSTIN – UPDATE: Two people were found dead inside a doctor’s office in Austin late Tuesday night after an hours-long SWAT situation, the Austin Police Department said.
Austin Police were called to the Children’s Medical Group on Tuesday afternoon for a possible hostage situation.
Austin police said they found a gunman barricaded inside the building. They said they were eventually able to get a robot with a camera inside and identified a victim.
Authorities said they initiated rescue plans and that the situation has ended. Right now, it’s unclear if one of the deceased people located inside the building was the gunman.
Austin police said the incident is being investigated as a homicide. They expect to announce more information later Wednesday morning.
MEDIA - The SWAT situation has ended. Two subjects have been located and were pronounced deceased. The APD homicide unit is on scene and investigating. More information will be provided tomorrow by the PIO office. -PIO6— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) January 27, 2021
The Austin Police Department reported that officers are responding to a “active and ongoing” SWAT situation in the 1900 block of West 35th Street.
Austin police have surrounded a medical office, evacuated residents from surrounding areas and told others to stay inside.
Area media outlets called the incident a “hostage situation,” however, it is still unclear how many people are involved.
MEDIA - Officers as well as SWAT are working a call in the 1900 block of W 35th Street. CPL Majefski with PIO will be on scene shortly and will update the media with a time and location for an interview.— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) January 26, 2021
According to police, the situation has been developing for hours. The initial disturbance call came in just before 4:30 p.m. about a man with a gun inside the building.
Cpl. John Majefski, an officer with the department’s public information office, said the department did not have very many details of the incident.
“Due to complexity and everything that goes on with all SWAT calls, we are asking everyone to stay clear of the area for right now,” Majefski said.
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