Encircled C

swat.gifDriving home up MoPac tonight, I had to do a double-take when the SWAT van went screaming by in the opposite direction. It’s startling enough to be reminded that Austin has a SWAT team, especially when they’re followed by an urban assault tank moving at remarkably high speed, but the backdrop of Barton Creek Mall made the scene especially surreal.

The Statesman is reporting that the SWAT team was en route to Circle C, of all places, at around 7pm this evening to confront a man barricading himself alone inside a house. No word yet on what initiated the showdown, although I can understand how living in a master-planned community could generate some irrational behavior.

I’m assuming that the SWAT team is stationed out of the downtown APD building (or perhaps flown in from someplace that has actual violent crime), but they should consider opening a rapid response facility in South Austin. Tonight’s encounter in Circle C(ompton) is just the latest showdown south of the river, following a January shooting in Southeast Austin and a stand-off on the Barton Creek Greenbelt last November. Both prior scenarios involved hostages, and ultimately resulted in the death of the suspects. Hopefully this confrontation will break the cycle on both accounts.

2 Comments so far

  1. Juan (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 9:22 am

    “Circle C(ompton)”? Please.

  2. wae (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 9:37 am

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