We live at the back of a 60s-era cul-de-sac with four other houses. While we were still trying to sleep Sunday morning we realized that the next door neighbor's dogs had been barking for a while and there was a lot of light outside. But we thought it was some combination of a possum/the college students across the street leaving early for somewhere and having their car lights on. Then about 5:30 we realized there were at least seven, maybe more police and DPS cars outside and they were focused on the house next door.
We were really worried, but that neighbor is an older man who lives alone now that his wife has passed away. (He's had a really hard time because they had two sons, and several years ago one murdered two older women and is now in prison.) So we were afraid the house had been robbed or he had been murdered or some combination. After a bit some of the cars started to leave but they were still guarding the house, like it was a crime scene. One of the cops told us they were waiting for a search warrant to go in. By noon things had calmed down to the point where there was only two cars.
Then the SWAT van showed up. That was freaky enough, but then they knocked on the door and asked if they could look out our upstairs window. So we had a SWAT sniper in our upstairs bathroom for most of the afternoon.
They tried to get someone in the house to answer them, but there wasn't a peep. I think by that point they were figuring that nobody was inside. They brought a robot out (someone pointed out from he photo that it was a bomb-finding robot but it's a small town and there's only one robot) and used it to search the house, then the SWAT guys finally went in. No one was inside, which was a relief. Then our SWAT guy and all the others left, then the regular cops came back but eventually left. They told us they had finally located the neighbor and he was out of town for the weekend.
The whole thing took from about 5:30 in the morning to around 4:00 in the afternoon. I was starving because I ended up skipping lunch because I was too nervous. I don't think we were in any real danger. They had the access street blocked off, but we saw they did let two of the college students across the street go to their house when they came back.
We talked to a reporter afterward and she confirmed it was about this http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Ea
All these pictures were taken from our living room or bedroom windows: