An Austin police officer was killed today in the line of duty, marking the first such incident in over twelve years. The tragic event occurred during a SWAT standoff, resulting in the deaths of two other individuals inside a residence and the injury of another officer.
The gunman was eventually killed by the police. Jessica Rivera from Fox News reports live from the scene, where investigations by the Austin Police Department are underway.
The incident took place at 9308 Beri Drive on Saturday morning, following a distress call received by 911 Communications. The caller, in a state of panic, reported being stabbed and pleaded for help. Responding to a shooting and stabbing emergency call, APD officers arrived at the scene at 2:57 am. As officers quickly gathered information about the suspect’s whereabouts, they were informed that two other individuals inside the residence had also been injured.
Fortunately, one victim managed to escape before the arrival of the police and was found nearby. This victim informed the officers that the suspect still possessed a knife.
At 3:00 am, officers executed an emergency entry into the house to attempt the rescue of the victims. However, upon entering the residence, they were met with gunfire from the suspect. The officers withdrew from the premises, refraining from returning fire at that moment in order to not endanger the two victims who were being held hostage by the suspect. Subsequently, SWAT was called for assistance and arrived at 4:11 am..