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Cedar Park standoff: 2 released from home, 2 officers out of hospital

Austin American-Statesman logo Austin American-Statesman 8/17/2020 Nicole Cobler, Kelsey Bradshaw, Tony Plohetski
a close up of a sign: Police officers work near a house on Natalie Cove in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park where a standoff was happening Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to the home. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN] © Provided by Austin American-Statesman Police officers work near a house on Natalie Cove in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park where a standoff was happening Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to the home. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

8:30 a.m. Monday update: Two people being held in a Cedar Park home by a barricaded man were released Monday morning after hours of negotiations with police, said Mike Harmon, interim Cedar Park police chief.

The man released his brother, sister and a small dog around 8 a.m. on Monday, Harmon said. The man's mother is still being held inside, Harmon said.

"This is positive news after 16 hours of negotiations," he said.

Two officers who were shot when responding to the home were released from a hospital Sunday night, Harmon said. A third officer who was shot went into surgery Monday morning, he said.

The names of the officers and the barricaded man have not been released.

"We're reaching out to this young man to let him know that we want to end this in a peaceful resolution," Harmon said.

Negotiators have a direct phone line set up to the house.

Harmon said the man's mother played a part in the brother and sister being released and he asked her on Monday to continue helping.

Sunday: Three Cedar Park police officers were being treated for gunshot wounds in an area hospital Sunday night after being shot while responding to a call at a home, police said.

The three officers, whose names were not released, were in stable condition, said Mike Harmon, interim Cedar Park Police chief.

The suspect remained barricaded inside the home with three others at 2304 Natalie Cove Monday at 4:30 a.m., police said.

"We want to end this peacefully," Harmon said in a Sunday night news conference. "That is our main goal."

a group of people riding skis on a snowy road: A police officer works at the scene of a shooting in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park on Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to a home there. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN] © Jay Janner A police officer works at the scene of a shooting in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park on Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to a home there. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

Police asked residents on Natalie Cove in the Heritage Park subdivision to stay inside their homes, saying it was unsafe to leave.

"Please do not leave until we say it is safe to do so," police said.

Officers responded to a call at 3:10 p.m. Sunday and were met with gunfire when they entered the home. They returned fire, and it is not clear if the suspect was injured, Harmon said.

a stop sign in front of a car: Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a shooting in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park on Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to a home there. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN] © Jay Janner Law enforcement officers work at the scene of a shooting in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park on Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to a home there. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

The suspect, a man in his mid-20's, barricaded himself inside the home with three family members: his mother, a child and another family member whose age was not known by police.

Harmon said the suspect is "dealing with some mental health issues" and stressed that the department wants to resolve the situation peacefully.

"Please, if you're listening to this, please come out and surrender yourself peacefully so we can resolve this situation tonight," he said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers, SWAT, Round Rock police, Leander police and the Williamson County sheriff's office were among law enforcement agencies responding, Harmon said.

Throughout most of the afternoon, a helicopter circled overhead and dozens of emergency vehicles lined the streets at Heritage Park Drive and Bagdad Road.

Cedar Park police were expected to deliver another update late Sunday or early Monday.

Police first tweeted word of the incident at 4:28 p.m.: "We are on scene of a shooting where multiple Cedar Park Police Officers have been shot while responding to a call at a home off Natalie Cove. Subject is barricaded inside the home and multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene."

a stop sign in front of a car: A police officer works at the scene of a shooting in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park on Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to a home there. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN] © Jay Janner A police officer works at the scene of a shooting in the Heritage Park subdivision in Cedar Park on Sunday. Three Cedar Park police officers were shot answering a call to a home there. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

City officials said residents should avoid Bagdad Road between Osage Drive and West New Hope Drive, and emergency officials closed the southbound lane of Bagdad Road at Heritage Park Drive.

Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his support for the officers Sunday evening.

"Our hearts are with the police officers who were injured while protecting the Cedar Park community this afternoon," he said in a statement. "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."

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