APD: Officer Kills Man in North Austin

Acevedo says man refused to put down his gun

APD: Officer Kills Man in North Austin

Police are responding to an officer-involved shooting that left one resident dead this morning, according to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

Acevedo said that police dispatchers received a call for service this morning at 7:23am from a male resident in the 10000 block of Lanshire Drive in North Austin, near the intersection of Kramer Lane and Metric Blvd. The caller told dispatchers that he had just shot a pit bull in his backyard. En route, police asked dispatchers to contact the man to ask him to leave his firearms inside the house and to meet officers in his front yard. Acevedo said the man refused and when police arrived he was in the yard with a pistol tucked into his waistband. Police asked for permission to remove his pistol while they talked about what happened with the dog; the man again said no. A "brief struggle" ensued, and the man pulled his pistol, aiming it at the officer, Acevedo said. "In fear of his life," at 7:32am the officer fired at the man. Twelve minutes later he was pronounced dead by EMS.

Police have not yet released the name of the man or the officers involved; per policy, the officer who fired his weapon, who has been with the department just under three years, has been placed on administrative leave, pending both a criminal and administrative inquiry into the shooting.

Acevedo said the officer is having a hard time and is "torn up" by the shooting. "I just wish people could really see what happens to these officers when these shootings happen," he said.

Acevedo said a dog, not the victim's, was found dead in the backyard; police have not determined whether the dog belonged to a neighbor or was a stray, he said.

Police do have audio, and some video, of the incident as well as the eyewitness accounts of two neighbors who "witnessed the actual" shooting and events leading up to it, Acevedo said.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Cops
Austin Cop Involved in Fatal Shooting Retires While Investigation Ongoing
Austin Cop Involved in Fatal Shooting Retires While Investigation Ongoing
Criminal inquiry continues, but internal investigation closed

Jordan Smith, Oct. 22, 2013

No Jury Trial For DA Lehmberg
No Jury Trial For DA Lehmberg
Judge will decide whether to remove elected official

Jordan Smith, Oct. 18, 2013

More Austin Police Department
Scratch That: Dusterhoft Still at APD
Scratch That: Dusterhoft Still at APD
We were wrong earlier today, and here's what really happened

News Staff, Nov. 16, 2018

More Drama for Dusterhoft
More Drama for Dusterhoft
Complaint alleges APD commander procured drugs

Chase Hoffberger, Nov. 12, 2018

More by Jordan Smith
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
'Chrome Underground' Goes Classic Car Hunting
Motoreum's Yusuf & Antonio talk about the biz and their reality TV debut

May 22, 2014

APD Brass Shifts Up, Down, Across
APD Brass Shifts Up, Down, Across
Musical chairs at Downtown HQ

May 9, 2014


officer-involved shooting, APD, Austin Police Department, police shooting, cops

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle