Suspect in shooting of 3 Texas police officers surrenders, releases hostages

The suspect in the shooting of three Texas police officers surrendered Monday morning after barricading himself inside a home overnight.

According to Nw York Daily News, the Cedar Park Police Department said the suspect and his final hostage left the residence “peacefully” after a standoff that lasted more than 16 hours.

“The scene will continue to be active for quite a while as we investigate,” the department said in an update at about 9 a.m. local time.

Police have not released the suspect’s name but say he is in his mid-20s.

Medical supplies remain on the pavement near a house where a standoff was taking place, Sunday, Aug. 16, in Cedar Park, Texas.
Medical supplies remain on the pavement near a house where a standoff was taking place, Sunday, Aug. 16, in Cedar Park, Texas. (Jay Janner/AP)

Two of the officers were released from the hospital on Monday morning, while the third underwent surgery, interim Cedar Park Police chief Mike Harmon said, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Officials had responded to the home in the Austin area Sunday afternoon and were shot upon entering the residence.

All three of the injured officers were said to be in stable condition on Sunday.

Cedar Park Police shared multiple updates on the barricade situation overnight as officers remained at the scene. About an hour before the suspect surrendered, police said two of the hostages had been released.

A police officer works at the scene of a standoff in Cedar Park, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 16.
A police officer works at the scene of a standoff in Cedar Park, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 16. (Jay Janner/AP)

Harmon said the hostages included the suspect’s mother, a child and another family member.

He said that police were “dealing with some mental health issues,” according to the American-Statesman.

Authorities have not identified the three officers wounded in the shooting.

Upon declaring the situation an active scene Sunday, police urged residents to stay inside their homes and advised others to remain clear of the area.

Cedar Park is located about 20 miles north of downtown Austin.

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