The Austin Police Department discovered the body of an unidentified suspect in a Fontana Drive house following a SWAT standoff that lasted a couple of hours. At the moment, it’s unclear if the suspect committed suicide or was shot by SWAT officers.
Police Robot Sent to Investigate Suspicious House Following SWAT Standoff
According to the official police report, the events that led to the discovery of corpse inside an Austin house began shortly after 9 p.m. Reportedly, around the same hour, a woman in her 50s came out of the house with severe head trauma.
The authorities were called, and the woman was transported to the Austin-Travis Emergency Center to received medical attention. Reportedly, following the woman’s evacuation, the Austin Police Department called in a SWAT team, who used a police robot to search the building.
The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the authorities that an individual, possibly housemate or boyfriend, assaulted her and barricaded himself inside the house afterward. After searching the house using the police robot’s camera, the SWAT team found the corpse of a man, presumably the attacker.
As a precautionary measure, before sending in the police robot, the Austin Police Department evacuated the neighborhood.
Following the incident, the SWAT team prepared a briefing, which the department made public at around 7 p.m. the following day. According to the said report, the suspect locked himself in the house and refused to come out after being ordered by the SWAT team.
However, at the moment, it’s still unclear how the suspect died considering that no shots were fired during the hours-long standoff. The Austin Police Department called the man’s death suspicious and are waiting for the coroner’s report in order to determine how the suspect has died.
Meanwhile, the lockdown has been canceled, but residents are advised to tread carefully around that area.
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