Standoff ends unresolved

Published 4:14 pm Thursday, December 23, 2021

Multiple police agencies were on the scene Thursday of an ongoing situation that Austin Police were calling a mental health crisis.

The standoff, involving an adult male, is a continuation of a situation that started Wednesday evening at a house on Fourth Avenue NW between 11th and 12th Street NW.

According to an email earlier Thursday to the Austin Daily Herald, the call involved weapons, later confirmed as multiple knives and a hammer.

At around 5 p.m., several loud pops could be heard and police threw several gas canisters into two upstairs windows, however, all non-lethal means attempted couldn’t coax the man out.

The standoff, which went on for 24 hours, came to an end Thursday night without closure as police sought to avoid injury to anybody, with the goal from the beginning to get the male help.

At around 7 p.m. only one squad car was on scene.