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Hostage Situation in Texas Ongoing After 3 Cops Shot

Son allegedly holding mom, other relatives inside home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 17, 2020 12:03 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three police officers were shot and a man remained barricaded inside a home with three of his family members in a suburb of Austin, Texas, authorities said. Officers were still on the scene in Cedar Park early Monday morning, the police department tweeted. Officers responded to a call about 3:10pm at a home off Natalie Cove from a mother who said her son kicked in the door of the home, Interim Chief of Police Mike Harmon said during a news conference near the scene. The mother, a juvenile, and another person, whose age was unknown, remain in the home held by the suspect, believed to be in his mid-20s, Harmon said. The suspect has “some mental health issues,” he said. Harmon said when officers arrived they were met with gunfire and taken to a local hospital. All three officers were in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries, the AP reports.

At least one officer will remain in the hospital overnight. It is unclear if the suspect was injured. “We want to end this peacefully for everyone involved,” Harmon said, making a plea to the unidentified suspect. “Please, come out and surrender peacefully.” Harmon said that the Cedar Park Police Department has a history at the residence, but did not provide details, including when police last visited the home. As night fell in the Cedar Park neighborhood on Sunday where a water tower could be seen in the distance, lights from multiple police and emergency responder vehicles bounced off nearby homes. Multiple agencies are on the scene, which is still active. “We have negotiators right now reaching out to the suspect,” Harmon said.

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