16-Hour Standoff at Texas Home Ends After Suspect Releases All Hostages and Surrenders

Police officers in front of a house in Cedar Park, Texas, where a standoff was happening after three police officers were shot Sunday. JAY JANNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

A long standoff between police and a gunman holed up with hostages in a suburb of Austin, Texas, ended Monday morning, a day after three police officers were shot inside the home while responding to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance.

Three people related to the suspect were being held hostage inside the house in Cedar Park, following Sunday’s shooting. Two of the hostages were released Monday morning before the suspect and the last hostage exited the home “peacefully,” according to a tweet from the Cedar Park Police Department.

“The scene will continue to be active for quite a while as we investigate,” police added.

The incident began on shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday local time. A man in his mid-20s had kicked down the door of his mother’s home and was “acting very aggressive,” according to Mike Harmon, interim police chief for the Cedar Park Police Department.

The police later identified the man as Joseph DeSean Taylor, 26.

Responding officers were met with gunfire inside the house. They returned gunfire, and it is unknown if the suspect was hit, Harmon said. At least 50 bullets were fired during the incident, according to police.

Following the shooting, the suspect barricaded himself inside the home with three family members, including his mother and a juvenile, Harmon said. The age of the third family member remains unknown.

Residents of the area were urged to stay indoors early Monday morning as the suspect remained barricaded inside the house. Negotiators were in talks with the suspect to “bring this to a peaceful resolution,” the police chief told reporters at a press conference Sunday night.

“We do have a message for the suspect inside, and please take this to heart,” Harmon said. “We want to end this peacefully for everybody involved. For the suspect inside, for the hostages that are inside, for the officers that are on the scene, for everybody.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Ivan Pereira, Meredith Deliso, and Morgan Winsor