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A standoff involving Killeen police and SWAT officers ended late Tuesday night after almost seven hours, according to a post on the Killeen Police Department’s Facebook page.

At around 10:20 p.m. one man was taken into custody from a home in the 2100 block of Moonstone Drive. The 27-year-old man was transported to Killeen City Jail and was awaiting charges Wednesday. Police did not release his name.

The incident began around 3:20 p.m. when the driver of a stolen vehicle attempted to evade arrest, resulting in a police chase. During the chase, one police vehicle hit a pole at the intersection of Anna Lee Drive and Farm-to-Market 440. The officer sustained minor injuries, according to police reports.

The suspect eventually lost police during the chase, but the stolen vehicle was discovered by officers on Moonstone Drive, leading police to begin a search for the driver, which ultimately led them to the home.

SWAT officers surrounded the residence and police closed off Moonstone as well as Ledgestone Drive and Sandstone Drive, which parallel Moonstone. Nearby Willow Springs Elementary School was placed on temporary lockdown with about 50 children inside.

An elderly woman living in the home emerged from the house with a walker around 7:15 p.m. and was escorted out on a stretcher to get her away from the scene quickly, according to Killeen Police Department Spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.

Media outlets report that tear gas was used in an attempt to end the standoff, but Miramontez would only specify that “less lethal munition” was used.

The case is still under investigation and more information will be released as it is made available, according to Miramontez.

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