By Cheyanne Mumphrey, The Related Press
Three law enforcement officials had been shot and a person remained barricaded inside a house with three of his members of the family in a suburb of Austin, Texas, authorities mentioned.
Officers responded to a name about 3:10 p.m. at a house off Natalie Cove from a mom who mentioned her son kicked within the door of the house, Interim Chief of Police Mike Harmon mentioned throughout a information convention close to the scene.
The mom, a juvenile and one other individual, whose age was unknown, stay within the dwelling held by the suspect, believed to be in his mid-20s, Harmon mentioned. The suspect has “some psychological well being points,” he mentioned.
Harmon mentioned when officers arrived they had been met with gunfire and brought to a neighborhood hospital. All three officers had been in secure situation with non life-threatening accidents. A minimum of one officer will stay within the hospital in a single day.
It’s unclear if the suspect was injured.
“We wish to finish this peacefully for everybody concerned,” Harmon mentioned, making a plea to the unidentified suspect. “Please, come out and give up peacefully.”
Harmon mentioned that the Cedar Park Police Division has a historical past on the residence, however didn’t present particulars, together with when police final visited the house.
As evening fell within the Cedar Park neighborhood on Sunday the place a water tower may very well be seen within the distance, lights from a number of police and emergency responder autos bounced off close by houses. Autos moved alongside one road that ran perpendicular to a different, the place orange cones had been positioned to limit visitors.
Town of Cedar Park has requested residents to keep away from Bagdad Street between Osage Drive and New Hope Drive, the town mentioned on Twitter. The Cedar Park police and hearth departments have closed the southbound lane of Bagdad Street at Heritage, the submit mentioned.
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A number of businesses are on the scene, which continues to be energetic.
“We’ve negotiators proper now reaching out to the suspect” Harmon mentioned.
“Our hearts are with the law enforcement officials who had been injured whereas defending the Cedar Park neighborhood this afternoon. We mustn’t ever take as a right the service and sacrifice of our regulation enforcement officers, and the State of Texas stands prepared to offer the help and assets wanted to deliver justice to these concerned,” Republican Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned in a press release.
Related Press author Haleluya Hadero contributed to this report from Atlanta.