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by BRAD ROLLINS

4:19 p.m. JAN. 4Hays County/San Marcos SWAT used tear gas to force a 19-year-old shooting suspect to surrender this afternoon, ending a four-hour standoff in a neighborhood near Wimberley High School.

The suspect was taken into custody at about 3:45 p.m. Friday after officers surrounded his home in the 300 block of Rader Ranch Road, Hays County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mike Davenport said. Police say the suspect shot a 40-year-old man shortly before noon Friday then barricaded himself in the house.

Davenport declined this afternoon to identify the suspect or the victim but said the information is forthcoming. The two men were not related to each other, he said.

The victim was taken to an Austin hospital by helicopter  where his condition is unknown. Davenport said he expects the man to live. [UPDATE 4:43 p.m. JAN. 4: The 40-year-old victim is currently undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound to his abdomen, a sheriff’s spokesperson said.]

“I think he will survive this [but] you never know for sure,” Davenport said.

The suspect will be taken to the Hays County jail in San Marcos. Officers have not yet decided what he will be charged with, the captain said.

Wimberley administrators put the nearby high school on lockdown as a precaution but students and staff were not in danger, the sheriff’s office spokesperson said earlier today.


Earlier

1:12 p.m. JAN. 4: A person shot in Wimberley this morning is en route to an Austin hospital and the suspect is barricaded in a house as cops try to extract him.

The incident was reported shortly after noon Friday in the 300 block of Rader Ranch Road near Wimberley High School, Hays County sheriff’s deputy Tom Ormsby said. He said did not know anything more about the  suspect or the condition of the victim.

The high school was put on lockdown in response to the shooting, but students and staff members are not in danger, Ormsby said. More information will be posted as it become available.

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