AUSTIN (KXAN) — Roads have reopened now that police have a SWAT situation under control, which ended peacefully around 5:30 a.m. Friday. The standoff near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport forced the closure of the westbound frontage road of State Highway 71 between Thronberry Road and Cardinal Loop until the situation ended.
Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a field in the area to check on a 46-year-old homeless man. Police said he had called a suicide hotline threatening to hurt himself and anyone who came near him, including officers. Police said the man also told the hotline therapist he had a handgun.
At 5:20 a.m. SWAT teams used a Taser to stun the man and ended up finding a knife on him, not a handgun. Officers evaluated his condition, and police were unsure if charges would be pressed against him.
Police said neighbors were never in any danger because the man had confined himself to a tent in the woods.