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Gunman Who Shot 3 Cops, Took Child Hostage, Surrenders After 18-Hour Standoff

Cedar Park, TX – The gunman who shot three police officers and held his family hostage during an 18-hour standoff has been taken into custody, according to police.

The suspect surrendered at approximately 9 a.m. on Aug. 17, the Cedar Park Police Department (CPPD) tweeted.

He also released his final hostage at that time.

Cedar Park Interim Police Chief Mike Harmon said during a press conference that the suspect held three hostages inside the home overnight, at least one of whom was a child.

Just after 8 a.m., Chief Harmon confirmed that the gunman had released his brother and sister from the residence, but said he initially remained barricaded inside the home with his mother.

The victims he released were “in good health,” and were checked over by emergency medical personnel.

The incident began at approximately 3:10 p.m. on Aug. 16, when a woman called police to report that her son had kicked down her door at on Natalie Cove and was acting “very aggressive,” Chief Harmon said.

Police said the woman’s son, who is in his 20s, has a history of mental illness.

“Our officers responded. Once they went into the house, they were met with gunfire,” Chief Harmon said on Sunday night. “Our officers returned gunfire and it is unknown if the… suspect was hit.”

The chief said the gunman shot three officers during the violent attack.

One officer was hit in the chest, another was hit in the arm, and the third officer suffered a graze wound to his head, KTBC reported.

The bullet that struck the officer in the chest was stopped by his ballistic vest.

The wounded officers were rushed to a local hospital and are expected to recover.

“I have personally been in contact with all three officers that were shot,” Chief Harmon said. “I visited them in the hospital, along with their families. They are all in stable condition and doing well. I felt very comfortable when I left the hospital that they will be in good hands.”

According to police, the gunman then barricaded himself inside the residence with three hostages, including his mother and a child, KTBC reported.

Police were in contact with the hostages and the suspect, according to Chief Harmon.

It was unclear what weapons the gunman had in his possession.

The shooter also launched a Facebook Live video from inside the residence on Sunday night, Chief Harmon said.

“We want to end this peaceful for everyone involved,” Chief Harmon said. “Our main goal is to bring this to a peaceful resolution.”

CPPD issued a Twitter update at 4:30 a.m. on Monday warning residents in the Heritage Park subdivision on Natalie Cove to remain inside their homes.

“It’s still unsafe to leave as we are working an active scene involving a suspect barricaded inside his home,” CPPD said. “Please do not leave until we say it is safe to do so.”

According to KTBC, two of the wounded officers were released from the hospital on Sunday, and the third officer was taken into surgery on Monday morning.

Chief Harmon said that CPPD had responded to the residence in the past, but did not provide details about prior contacts or specify when officers last responded there, WIS reported.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement on the incident Sunday evening.

“Our hearts are with the police officers who were injured while protecting the Cedar Park community this afternoon,” Abbott wrote. “We must never take for granted the service and sacrifice of our law enforcement officers, and the State of Texas stands ready to provide the support and resources needed to bring justice to those involved.”

“I ask that all Texans join Cecilia and me in prayer for [these] officers, and for the safety of all law enforcement officers across the state,” the governor added.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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