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Suspect in custody after SWAT incident, traffic delays in Del Valle

Officials are on scene in the area of FM 973 and SH 71.
Credit: Austin Mobility

DEL VALLE, Texas — A suspect is now in custody after a SWAT incident in Del Valle late Monday morning, Austin Police Department said.

At approximately 9 a.m., APD received a shots-fired call in the area of South FM 973 and the East SH 71 service road westbound. Multiple people said they had seen a man shooting rounds into the air. He had also allegedly pointed a gun at oncoming traffic.

When officers arrived at the scene, they located the man, who ran off into a wooded area. APD said the area appears to be a homeless camp.

Officers secured the area and contacted the SWAT team, who arrived shortly after and took the suspect into custody without incident.

The suspect has been identified as 51-year-old Junius Harrell. He has been charged with felony possession of a firearm.

Drivers were asked to avoid the area. By 12 p.m., Austin Transportation said all the lanes have reopened.

The Austin airport previously tweeted that access to the terminal was still available, but travelers flying in the next few hours should expect traffic delays due to ongoing police activity. One KVUE viewer said traffic in the area was not moving:

Traffic was being diverted to the 71 Toll Road. Tolls would be waived, according to the Mobility Authority.

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