Armed subject inside Pflugerville home prompts shelter-in-place alert

Officials say a suspect, identified as 42-year-old Michael Benford, is now in custody after an incident in Pflugerville. A shelter-in-place had been issued for the neighborhood in the 21300 block of Byerly Turk but that has now been lifted. 

No injuries were reported. 

The Pflugerville Police Department says it received a call at around 7:34 a.m. about Benford being inside a home with a weapon and three relatives. Officers were able to get the three relatives removed from the home but Benford refused to come out. After a few hours, Benford was taken into custody. He faces charges of unlawful restraint and aggravated assault/family violence.

The Williamson County Sheriff Department, Williamson County Constables Office, Travis County Sheriff’s Department, and Pflugerville Police Department were onsite with Central Texas Regional SWAT assisting with the negotiations and taking Benford into custody.

Residents living in Ridge at Steeds Crossing in the area of Byerly Turk, Secretariat Ridge, St. Leger, and Darley Arabian were asked to remain inside as police dealt with the situation. The residents were alerted via the City of Pflugerville Nixle alerts from the police department. You can register by texting PfPD to 888777 for text or email alerts from Pflugerville Police Department or visit

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