Found gun-silencer forces lockdown on state building

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A state building downtown was under lockdown this morning while the Department of Public Safety and the Austin Police Bomb Squad assessed the area for threats after a state trooper arrested a man who had a homemade gun silencer in his car.

The state trooper saw the silencer inside of a car parked on the top floor of the parking garage attached to the William P. Clements State Office Building at 15th Street and Lavaca. Ricky Lankford, 33, approached the trooper and identified himself as the owner of the car, according to DPS spokesperson Lisa Block.

The building houses the Office of the State Attorney General among other state offices and was under lockdown until just past 9 a.m. this morning while DPS conducted bomb searches of the car and the surrounding area.

Lankford is a resident of Gatesville, Texas and has been charged with a third degree felony for possession of a prohibited weapon and is in custody at the Travis County Jail. The contents of his car are being inventoried.

The case is currently under investigation by the DPS.