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SWAT Situation on East U.S. Hwy 290 Ends (Update)

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Update: Austin police say the suspect is in custody and that roadways will open soon. Eastbound U.S. Hwy 290 is open now, but the service road near Berkman is still closed.

The situation started early this morning when police responded to a call of a shot fired at the Capitol Village Apartments. When officers arrived, police say the suspect pointed a weapon at them and police fired back – but no one was injured. The suspect then went back inside of an apartment and police have been trying to make contact. They’re also trying to evacuate the apartment complex.

Update (6:28 a.m.): APD Chief Art Acevedo says although schools in the area of the SWAT incident will be open, school bus routes may be affected.

John H. Reagan High School is right across the highway from where the armed suspect is barricaded.

Original Post (6:10 a.m.): Austin Police have shut down East U.S. Hwy 290 in both directions between IH-35 and Ed Bluestein Blvd./Hwy 183. The eastbound frontage road is closed from Northeast Dr. to Berkman Dr.

Police are trying to keep people away from a situation involving an armed suspect at an apartment complex.

Police say an officer has fired a weapon – but the details of that have not yet been released.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted:

The SWAT team is on the scene – trying to make contact with the barricaded gunman at Capitol Village Apartments at 6855 East U.S. Hwy 290.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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