A visit by Austin officials to a man’s house to serve a warrant for lawn maintenance ended in tragedy.

Well, if it was to take care of such a serious crime, then thank God the boys and blue took down this threat to society!

The resident, who was not identified, was fatally shot by a SWAT officer Wednesday after the Austin Police Department and code enforcement officers attempted to serve the warrant for an overgrown front and backyard, APD Chief Joseph Chacon told reporters.

I feel so much safer knowing the police are out there taking care of the things that really matter. Like human trafficking, drug cartels and overgrown backyards.

Officers served the warrant for “nuisance abatement” at about 9:16 a.m. local time Wednesday and, after attempting contact with the man, contractors began lawn work on behalf of code enforcement, said Chacon.

The resident subsequently shot at officers from inside the home and a SWAT call for a barricaded subject was initiated, he said. See!?

Officers tried talking to the resident, and SWAT arrived with mental health officers and a crisis negotiator shortly thereafter, according to Chacon.

Despite hours of attempts to deescalate and make contact with the resident, he started shooting at officers again at around 3:19 p.m., said Chacon, noting that by this time, a local school had been placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Officers then tried to enter the front of the home using a robot, which reported a fire had been started inside the house.

When they still couldn’t coax the suspect out, officers assumed he’d died as a result of the fire, as it looked to have “fully engulfed” the house, said Chacon.

Texas seems to have a talent for burning down buildings with people in it when the cops get involved.

But shortly after 3:30, the resident exited the garage, armed, and was shot by a SWAT officer, said Chacon.

The suspect was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:01 p.m., said the chief.

The involved SWAT officer will be placed on administrative leave pending a criminal investigation as well as internal affairs’ administrative one, said Chacon.



  1. Wild, wild west says:

    These fascist home owner associations are getting out of hand.


    1. John M. says:

      I can’t tell if you are joking, but HOAs have considerably higher standards for home/yard appearance than city code, at least in my area. Around here, in order to attract the attention of city code enforcement, your yard has to about look like it’s reached “nuke it from orbit” state.


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