18-year old woman shot, killed after wielding knife at APD officer

June 07, 2018 - 7:22 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting early Thursday morning on the city's southeast side that left an 18-year old woman who was wielding a knife dead.

Austin Police Interim Chief Brian Manley says a 911 call came in at 2:23 a.m. Thursday morning from the 7300 block of South Glenn Street in southeast Austin, near Burleson Road and McKinney Falls Parkway. The caller reported someone attempting to break into a residence. The call was disconnected shortly after the suspect succeeded in entering the residence. The caller reconnected with 911 at 2:26 a.m., telling dispatchers that she had fled the residence and that the suspect, who she identified as her cousin, had a knife.

The suspect chased the 911 caller and two other females through the neighborhood, and at one point was reported to have physically assaulted the caller as well as the others with bites and scratches. The caller said the suspect was chasing them because she was intoxicated, and it was related to a disturbance or some incident that had happened in the past.

Officers made contact with the 911 caller around 2:34 a.m. near Autumn Bay and Aspen Glenn, a few blocks away.

The suspect had returned to the original residence, where one additional female remained. Officers arrived there at 2:39 a.m. and found the fourth female unharmed. Officers then made contact with the suspect, who was wielding a knife as she approached them. The officers gave a command to drop the knife; the suspect continued to move towards the officers, at which point one of the officers fired his weapon. The suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene.

No official identification has been released, but Chief Manley says the suspect is believed to be an 18-year old Hispanic female based on witness statements.

The officer involved in the shooting, identified as a 2-year veteran of the department, has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

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