Domestic disturbance leads to fatal officer-involved shooting near Pennybacker Bridge

April 28, 2019 - 8:08 pm

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Austin Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in west Austin Sunday evening.

Police Chief Brian Manley said the incident began around 5:15 p.m. Sunday near the Pennybacker Bridge on Loop 360 with multiple calls to 9-1-1. Manley said an apparent domestic disturbance between what officers believe to be a husband and wife took place in a vehicle.

The woman was able to flee the vehicle and was running along 360, trying to get help from other drivers. At one point, the man turned his vehicle around and began to drive northbound in the southbound lanes of the bridge, crashing into another vehicle. Manley said many calls to 911 gave the license plates and descriptions of the vehicles involved.

The man caught up with the woman and picked her up, carrying her towards the shoulder of the roadway and reportedly pinning her on the ground; at that point, several drivers began to move towards the couple to assist the woman, causing the man to flee towards a wooded area below the bridge.

Manley said a family member called 911 to say a relative had called them, saying she had been stabbed at the same location.

Officers began to search for the man, calling out APD's Air 1 and K9 units. Manley said police received reports that the man was texting his stepdaughter, saying that her mother was OK but that he was going to be killed by officers tonight.

Officers came in contact with the man just after 6:15 p.m. in the wooded area. Officers gave several commands to the man to drop his weapon, which he refused to comply with; at that point, two APD officers opened fire.

Crews began performing CPR on the man while he was being transported to a nearby hospital; he later succumbed to his injuries. According to Manley, officers have not yet recovered a weapon from the scene.

The man is described as a 45-year old Hispanic male; the woman is believed to be a 44-year old Hispanic female. Police say she is in serious but not life-threatening condition at an area hospital.

Both officers who opened fire - a 4-year patrol officer and a 7-year K9 officer - will be placed on administrative duty while investigations continue into this case. Manley says the incident was recorded on police body cameras, as well as numerous witness videos circulating on social media.

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