An early morning hostage situation in Austin led to the deaths of a SWAT officer, two victims held inside the house and the suspect, Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson announced at a press conference. KVUE

Hostages, SWAT officer, suspect dead in Austin, TX, after maniac traps victims

By Deirdre Bardolf |

A deranged man barricaded in a house in Austin, Texas with two hostages opened fire on police officers and killed a member of a SWAT team.

The violence unfolded in South Austin around 4 a.m. when Austin Police SWAT officers forced entry into the home where the maniac was allegedly armed with a knife and gun and had trapped hostages, Interim Chief of Police Robin Henderson announced at a press conference on Saturday morning.

One woman who managed to escape called police just before 3 a.m., screaming for help and saying that she had been stabbed, Henderson said.

Officers responded to the call and forced entry inside but backed out when the suspect opened fire.

The SWAT team was then called and entered around 4 a.m., Henderson said.

“This has been a very tragic day, very tragic incident for all involved,” Henderson said.

The suspect immediately fired and officers responded.

An early morning hostage situation in Austin led to the deaths of a SWAT officer, two victims held inside the house and the suspect, Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson announced at a press conference.

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