Suspect in Round Rock active shooter situation dead, shelter-in-place lifted

The Round Rock Police Department says the suspect in an active shooter situation in the area of Old Settlers Blvd and Bent Tree Drive is dead and the shelter-in-place order has been lifted.

Round Rock police chief Allen Banks says that around 12:30 p.m. May 7, 911 received a call from a person reporting they had been shot multiple times, possibly by a neighbor. Police and EMS arrived and minutes later, a report came in about a man wearing a black trench coat and carrying an AK-style rifle running across Old Settlers Boulevard.

Minutes after that, a fire department battalion chief reported seeing a suspect wearing camouflage hopping a fence at Behrens Ranch and Plantation, says Banks. When officers responded to the area, the shooter immediately began firing at them and retreated into a wooded area between Camino Del Verde Place and Salorn Way. It was at this point police noted the subject was wearing body armor.


Multiple law enforcement agencies responded, including the Austin Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, Cedar Park Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers and the ATF, says Banks. An armored vehicle was also called in and when it arrived, the suspect began to fire at it.

The suspect and officers continued to trade gunfire with the suspect coming out of the wooded area to fire at officers then retreating back into the woods several times, says Banks. Officers surrounded the area to prevent the shooter from retreating out the back of the wooded area.

Officers later fired less than lethal rounds to determine if the suspect would respond, but he didn't and officers then determined he was dead. It is currently unknown if the suspect's death was self-inflicted or was the result of officer firing on him.

No officers sustained injuries, but one had a medical situation, according to Banks, and was transported to the hospital where they are in stable condition. The original victim was also taken to the hospital due to his non-life-threatening injuries and is also in stable condition.

The situation is being investigated as an officer-involved shooting and the Texas Rangers are involved, says Banks. The Williamson County District Attorney has been notified of the incident. Multiple officers that fired their weapons during the situation will be placed on standard administrative leave as per procedure, but Banks did not disclose an exact number. 

It is currently unknown who the suspect is or what motive he had for shooting the victim.

In response to the active situation, the Williamson County Elections Office has briefly closed a nearby polling location. The Vote Center at the Fern Bluff MUD Community Center on Wyoming Springs Drive has since reopened.