Officer-Involved Shooting Monday Night
SWAT standoff following complex pursuit leaves one dead
By Chase Hoffberger,
10:50AM, Tue. Feb. 20, 2018
Police shot and killed a man last night in Southeast Austin after an investigation sparked by a domestic dispute and possible kidnapping turned into what Austin Police Chief Brian Manley called a “somewhat complex” 77-minute pursuit over three locations.
The incident began at 5:39pm when APD received a call from the 4800 block of Nuckols Crossing about a disturbance between two roommates at another location – the 3300 block of Parker Lane – that Manley said may have included a potential kidnapping. The roommate, the caller said, had left the Parker location, bound for Nuckols, with the man who was eventually shot and killed following him in a Yellow Cab. Police were at the Nuckols location when he arrived, and they performed a felony car stop on the cab. The driver got out of the car during that stop, and the man (at that point in the back of the cab) climbed to the front and into the driver’s seat, then drove away. He was eventually located by another team of officers but did not stop, despite their efforts, and for at least 10 minutes a pursuit ensued. It concluded when the man drove to the entrance of a gated apartment complex at the end of Edge Creek Drive.
Police again attempted a felony car stop, and during that time reported that the man, still in the driver’s seat, was holding a gun to his head. At 6:04pm, he attempted to ram through the gate to the apartment, unsuccessfully. Responding officers called a SWAT team to the scene. Police reported at 6:39pm that the man pointed his gun toward the officers, and on occasions during negotiations and efforts to get the man to put the gun down, shot their guns at the cab.
The second round of shots was fired at 6:48pm; Manley said after that round that the man stopped responding to commands, and that police by then were “unable to establish contact.” SWAT officers moved in, secured the vehicle, and called in a tactical medic to render aid – though the man was pronounced dead on the scene.
Manley said seven officers fired shots during the standoff. Per department policy, they’re all on administrative leave while APD’s Internal Affairs and Special Investigations units and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office separately investigate the incident.
Manley told reporters Monday night that the department was still in the “preliminary stages” of the investigation, but that he’d seen one video from a body-worn camera and was “expecting other videos. “What I can tell you is it is evident on the video, you can hear, before shots are fired, you can hear our negotiators talking to the suspect in this incident,” he said. “You can hear them giving those repeated commands – to drop the weapon, to put the weapon down.
“This is not what we want to have as an outcome. We brought all resources to bear and attempted to have a positive outcome tonight.”