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Former deputy accused of killing 3 in Austin found walking along Highway 290, arrested after manhunt

Three people were killed in an "active attack" in northwest Austin Sunday morning.

AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities captured 41-year-old Stephen Broderick early Monday near Manor, just north of Austin, after receiving a 911 call about a man walking along Highway 290.

Note: the video in this story is from an earlier broadcast before the suspect was in custody

He was taken into custody without incident, our sister station KVUE reports.

Broderick is a former sheriff's deputy accused in an "active attack" in northwest Austin on Sunday. He remained "at large" for a day, but police said they believed the killings were an isolated domestic situation with no risk to the general public.

Three people were killed in Sunday's attack.

KVUE's Tony Plohetski reported the shooting scene was at an apartment — nearby residents were asked to shelter-in-place at the time. When officers arrived, said they located three people who were injured.

Austin-Travis County EMS said the individuals had suffered gunshot wounds and medics performed CPR, but all three died shortly after. Police said the victims were two women and one man.

Who is Stephen Nicholas Broderick? Here's what we know

The Travis County Sheriff's Office confirmed Broderick resigned from TCSO in 2020. Previous reporting shows he was a detective with the department. Previous reporting by KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman also indicates that Broderick previously worked for the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office as an investigator.

Broderick was also charged with child sexual assault last year. He was booked in jail last June and was released 16 days later after posting $50,000 bail, according to the Statesman. The Travis County District Attorney’s office announced on April 18 it had filed a motion to revoke that bond.

Credit: KVUE/Austin PD

After posting bail, he was ordered to have no contact or to go within 200 feet of the child. He was also ordered to wear a GPS tracking device. The report states a Travis County judge ordered the removal of the device on Nov. 5.

The Statesman reported that Broderick's lawyer argued that Broderick had worn the monitor for 142 days with no substantial violations and that it should be removed. A state district judge agreed, which the Statesman reported left him unsupervised months after his daughter and wife stated they feared for their safety with him released from jail.

KVUE in Austin contributed to this report

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