Man in custody after SWAT situation delays schoolday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is in custody after a Sheriff’s Office operation delayed school at Popham Elementary in the Del Valle Independent School District Tuesday morning.

A Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says deputies responded to a suicidal man who refused to come out of a home on Proud Panda Drive, which borders the school. A crisis team and tactical team arrived to the man’s house and told him over the P.A. system to come out.

The school’s address is 7014 Elroy Road, near the Circuit of the Americas track just southeast of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.  The Del Valle school district put out an alert just before 6 a.m., warning staff and students not to report to the school until 9:30 a.m., due to law enforcement presence.

The man came in and out of the home as deputies tried to talk him into surrendering. Lieutenant Robert Mills with the Travis County Sheriff’s office said the man was agitated and intoxicated but did not show any weapons or make any threats. Authorities tasered and tackled the man when he tried to run back into his home and away from authorities.

While he was running, he slipped on the wet grass and bumped his head.  EMS evaluated the injury.

The man was taken into protective custody at 6:23 a.m., no charges have been made at this time.  The family went back in the home.

School officials maintained the delay to 9:30 a.m., to allow for the investigation to wrap up and for employees and parents to make adjustments.

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