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At least 2 dead after SWAT standoff at doctor’s office in Austin, Texas, authorities say

Hojun Choi

Tony Plohetski
 
| Austin American-Statesman

AUSTIN, Texas — At least two people were found dead after an hourslong SWAT team standoff in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday night, authorities say. 

The situation was reported around 4:30 p.m. local time and took place at a doctor’s office in Central Austin, according to the Austin Police Department. 

Following several hours of trying to reach the people inside the building, the police had a robot unit go inside the building and identified a victim, officials said.

The SWAT team then entered the building and found two people dead inside, officials added. 

It was immediately unclear whether the two people found dead were the only ones involved in the incident. Authorities did not provide any other additional details Tuesday night. 

Hours earlier, SWAT negotiators could be heard calling out on a bullhorn to an individual urging them to answer calls or text messages on their phone.

“Your life is very important to me,” a member of the SWAT team said over the loudspeaker. “And I know life is very important to you.

Some residents near the area were evacuated and others were asked to stay inside their homes. While the standoff took place, people could be seen standing in nearby corners listening to the communications over the bullhorn. 

Follow reporters Hojun Choi and Tony Plohetski on Twitter: @hjnchoi@tplohetski

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