Suspect in custody following 7-hour SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin
AUSTIN, Texas - A suspect is in custody following an hours-long SWAT standoff in Southeast Austin.
Austin police said around 3 p.m. on Friday, April 7, the suspect was taken into custody and the scene is no longer active.
"Officers were dispatched, got there shortly soon after, and they could hear a disturbance going on, things breaking upstairs in the upstairs part of the apartment," says senior patrolling officer Demitris Hobbs with APD.
Police say the woman ran out of the apartment, and wasn't hurt.
"The male has his violent criminal and has an aggravated assault warrant for his arrest out of Peace county," says Hobbs.
Family members of the man, they identified as Emmanuel Elias Victor Perez, heard about the SWAT situation, and rushed to the scene.
The family was scared, not knowing exactly what was going on.
"He was probably intoxicated or has liquor in him, and he's probably feeling alone I'm just trying to get him out of there," says Victor Perez, father of Emmanuel Perez.
For hours, SWAT used different tactics, including tear gas, to get Perez out. Seeing this firsthand, Perez's family was concerned for their son's safety.
"If they do anything in there and do harm to him, I will hold this police department accountable," says Perez.
After a seven-hour standoff, around 3 p.m., officers were finally able to take Perez into custody.
"I was a little upset on what my son did, but my son is out and alive that's a plus and the officers did a good job, and they let me know that they were going to do the best to get him out there safely, and they did exactly what they told me," says Perez.