During the early morning hours of February 3, 2024, Deputies with the Austin County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) responded to the report of disturbance in the 2000 blk of Witte Road, Bellville Texas. The caller advised ACSO dispatch that a male subject was armed and discharging firearm inside the home. Responding law enforcement units arrived on scene and reported that they had safely secured all family members from inside the residence but the suspect was barricaded in the home with a firearm. The Austin County Regional Special Response Team (SRT) was notified and responded to the scene. The SRT Crisis Negations Team (CNT) was also notified and once on scene they were able to establish communication with the suspect. CNT members were able to negotiate with the suspect, who ultimately surrendered peacefully to SRT. The suspect was not armed when he was taken into custody, but a firearm and shell casings were located inside the residence. The suspect was identified as Don Nguyen (24), he was transported and booked into the Austin County Jail for the charge of Aggravated Assault/Family Violence/with a weapon.

The Austin County Regional Special Response Team covers four counties and is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Austin County Sheriff’s Office, Bellville PD, Sealy PD, Waller County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado County Sheriff’s Office, Austin County Constable Pct. 2 and Tactical Medics from the Washington County EMS.