An Austin Police officer was shot in North Austin Thursday morning as officers were trying to serve a search warrant on a home. The search warrant was being served on a home on the 800 block of Morrow Street for alleged drug trafficking and narcotics sales. According to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, as officers moved to breach the home; they announced their presence and the search warrant over loud speakers before deploying flash grenades to distract those inside.
Chief Acevedo said as officers entered the home, the suspect was upstairs and looked down on the officers with a long rifle and began shooting. One officer was hit in the leg and another officer returned fire to provide cover to get the injured officer out of the home.
Acevedo said the SWAT team that was serving the warrant immediately pulled back out of the home, which is protocol, and contained the location. The injured officer was taken by ambulance to UMC-Brackenrdige.
According to Acevedo, around 12 minutes after the SWAT team pulled back, the suspect, an 18-year-old white male, exited the home with a woman believed to be his mother. The teen surrendered to police without incident.
According to Acevedo, the officer who was shot has been with the department for seven years and the officer who returned fire has been an officer for eight years. Police said they would identify the person involved in the standoff later Thursday.
Plohetski said the shooting happened in the 1000 block of Morrow Street near Lamar Boulevard around 6 a.m. Drivers should avoid the area. Morrow Street has closed at North Lamar Boulevard.