Authorities said three police officers were shot dead and a man remained barricaded inside a house with three family members in a suburb of Austin, Texas.
The officers responded to the call at around 3:10 p.m. At a house opposite Natalie Cove from a mother who said her son kicked the door of the house, Interim Police Chief Mike Harmon said during a press conference near the scene.
Harmon said the mother, a juvenile and another person whose age is unknown, remained in the house the suspect is holding, and he is believed to be in his mid-twenties. He said the suspect had “some mental health problems”.
Harmon said the officers were met with gunfire upon arrival and taken to a local hospital. The three officers were in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. At least one officer will stay in the hospital overnight.
It is unclear whether the suspect was injured.
“We want to end this peacefully for all concerned,” Harmon said, addressing a petition to the unidentified suspect. “Please, come and surrender in peace.”
Harmon said the Cedar Park Police Department has a history of residence, but has not provided details, including the last police visit to the home.
As night fell in the Cedar Park neighborhood on Sunday as the water tower could be seen from afar, lights bounced off many police cars and emergency responders from nearby homes. The vehicles moved along one street perpendicular to another, where orange cones were placed to restrict traffic.
The city said on Twitter that the city of Cedar Park had asked its residents to avoid Baghdad Road between Osage Drive and New Hope Drive. The post said that Cedar Park Police and Fire Departments closed the southern route of Baghdad Road in Heritage.
There are several agencies on the scene, which are still active.
“We now have negotiators communicating with the suspect,” Harmon said.
Our hearts go out to police officers who were injured while protecting the Cedar Park community this afternoon. Republican Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement, “We must never take the service and sacrifices of our law enforcement officers for granted, and Texas stands ready to provide the support and resources to bring justice to those involved.” .