Man dead in NE Austin officer-involved shooting

Officers on paid leave after fatal shooting

AUSTIN, Texas -- The armed man who was shot by officers at a northeast Austin apartment complex Monday morning died from his injuries, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said.

The shooting happened at the San Paloma Apartments along the 12500 block of Tech Ridge Boulevard around 9 a.m. Monday.

A resident told KVUE News police were yelling at the man as he was holding his rifle. The resident, Caroline Holderfield, said police asked him several times to put his weapon down.

"I've actually listened to audio and watched video and a lot of this incident is actually captured on video," Acevedo said. "I can tell you that the officers were calm. They were giving a lot of very specific commands to 'we're here to help you. We want to help you. Drop the weapon. Drop the weapon.' And the subject never complied."

At some point Holderfield said she heard two gunshots and the man ran by a balcony with the rifle. That's when she said police chased after him and fired eight or nine shots at him. Officials then began performing CPR on the man.

Acevedo said the first shots were less than lethal rounds, fired by a four-year veteran of the department. 

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"The subject on more than one occasion actually raised the assault rifle at officers. Officers did not shoot on one of the occasions. At one point officers deployed less lethal shotgun rounds, striking the subject to no avail," Acevedo described.

"The subject was, was not impacted by, even though he was struck, it didn't have any effect on having him surrender or drop the weapon. Subject then continued running in, starting running in the actual complex behind me," Acevedo told reporters outside of the complex.

"At one point, two officers fired rounds from the departmental issued rifles striking the subject. The officers immediately, at about 9:03 a.m. after the officer-involved shooting, immediately began administering CPR  to the subject as well as utilizing tourniquets that we carry with us and treating the subject for his gunshot wounds," Acevedo added.

Acevedo said the man was taken to University Medical Center-Brackenridge, where he died from his injuries around 9:36 a.m. Monday. The man's name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The two officers who shot and killed the man are a 27-year corporal and an 8-year officer with the department. They've both been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation, which is standard in police shootings. 

Acevedo said the man lived in the apartment with his girlfriend and the two had a "falling out" which likely led to his behavior. He added this is not the first time officers have encountered the man. 

"It appears that the subject has had some issues before in terms of trying to engage in conduct that is deadly conduct that can lead to a fatal encounter with police," said Acevedo.

 

 

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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