Man who fired at officers in Austin dies after police shoot him

A 24-year-old armed man is dead after he shot at Austin police officers as they were chasing him early Sunday morning, said the Austin Police Department.

Police said the shooting happened in the 400 block of East Sixth Street, near Trinity Street, just before 2:45 a.m.

Police said officers working on Sixth Street heard gunshots. They reported this to other officers monitoring HALO cameras in the area who then found video of a subject firing a gun into the air in front of a bar. They issued a description of that suspect, and within minutes, officers working nearby located him.

When he saw officers, the man began to run, and officers pursued him. They ran for half a block westbound on Sixth Street and then turned northbound in the 600 block of Trinity. The officers saw that he had a gun, and at one point during the chase, the suspect turned and fired at two officers following him, police say.

Both of those officers returned fire, and the man was struck.

Austin-Travis County EMS arrived within minutes and transported the man to University Medical Center Brackenridge with critical injuries. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:08 a.m.

Chief of Police Brian Manleys says they have evidence of the casings that match the suspect’s weapon.

“I want to express my condolences to the family of this man” said Manley at a news briefing Sunday morning. “Although he was involved in this situation that he was down here, this is a tragic event that this community has seen before. Unfortunately we’ve seen this in communities across the country but it is no less tragic–it was a young life that was loss.”

Those officers have both been placed on administrative duty. One is a sergeant who has been with the Austin Police Department for 18 years and the other for seven years. Both APD and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office will conduct investigations.

Austin Police said there were many witnesses in the area when the man fired his weapon into the air. They are asking anyone with evidence such as photos or video taken with cellphones to provide that material to the department to aid in their investigation. They ask that people contact the APD tipline at 512-472-TIPS.

This is the second deadly shooting involving APD officers this week. On Tuesday, May 2, an officer shot and killed 20-year-old Jason Sebastian Roque in northeast Austin. Police say they were originally for an attempted suicide involving a man waving a gun around erratically.

Police said the shooting happened in the 400 block of East Sixth Street, near Trinity Street, just before 2:45 a.m.

Police said officers working on Sixth Street heard gunshots. They reported this to other officers monitoring HALO cameras in the area who then found video of a subject firing a gun into the air in front of a bar. They issued a description of that suspect, and within minutes, officers working nearby located him.

When he saw officers, the man began to run, and officers pursued him. They ran for half a block westbound on Sixth Street and then turned northbound in the 600 block of Trinity. The officers saw that he had a gun, and at one point during the chase, the suspect turned and fired at two officers following him, police say.

Both of those officers returned fire, and the man was struck.

Austin-Travis County EMS arrived within minutes and transported the man to University Medical Center Brackenridge with critical injuries. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:08 a.m.

Chief of Police Brian Manleys says they have evidence of the casings that match the suspect’s weapon.

“I want to express my condolences to the family of this man” said Manley at a news briefing Sunday morning. “Although he was involved in this situation that he was down here, this is a tragic event that this community has seen before. Unfortunately we’ve seen this in communities across the country but it is no less tragic–it was a young life that was loss.”

Those officers have both been placed on administrative duty. One is a sergeant who has been with the Austin Police Department for 18 years and the other for seven years. Both APD and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office will conduct investigations.

Austin Police said there were many witnesses in the area when the man fired his weapon into the air. They are asking anyone with evidence such as photos or video taken with cellphones to provide that material to the department to aid in their investigation. They ask that people contact the APD tipline at 512-472-TIPS.

This is the second deadly shooting involving APD officers this week. On Tuesday, May 2, an officer shot and killed 20-year-old Jason Sebastian Roque in northeast Austin. Police say they were originally for an attempted suicide involving a man waving a gun around erratically.

 

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