False Report Sparks Standoff in Austin

Updated: 08/18/2014 6:55 PM
Created: 08/18/2014 1:13 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 News) -- It was a tense 90 minutes this afternoon for police and residents of one Austin neighborhood.

"Our officers responded to the 1900 block of east Oakland avenue," Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger explained.

Just after noon, the report came from a young man who told a frightening story about something he said he discovered going on at a home across the street from Neveln Elementary School.

"His girlfriend and children were inside and a male answered the door with a shot gun and pointed that shot gun at him," Kruger told ABC6.

“He saw me, came over and asked if he could use my phone, so I let him use my phone and he asked somebody for a gun," neighborhood resident Shannon Rasummsen said.

"At some point the victim left the area," Krueger said.

Police located the man and brought him back to the scene to question him about what he'd seen at the house.

"His story was not matching up. There were some inconsistencies with his story," Krueger explained.

“He told me his girlfriend was in the house with two kids, and somebody was in there with a gun,” said Rasmussen.

“Officers were able to get ahold of a responsible who came to the residence and advised officers that no one was at the residence," Krueger told us. "The officers did get a key and went through the residence and found no one there."

Late Monday the man who'd made the report of a stranger with a gun was being questioned by police.

"He could be charged with filing a false police report. Obviously we take this kind of calls extremely serious," Krueger said.

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