Eight APD officers shoot, kill man in downtown disturbance early Friday

Man ran at officers with gun; refused commands to drop weapon

August 17, 2018 - 7:33 am
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- A 21-year old man is dead after running towards Austin Police officers with a gun and being shot.

Austin Police say they responded to reports of multiple fights outside a NBA YoungBoy concert at the Terminal 6 club at 302 East Sixth Street just after 12:15 a.m. Friday morning. With officers already in the area and on alert for those, they then responded to shots fired in an alley behind the club around 1 a.m., near the 600 block of Trinity Street.

Police say at least two people with guns fired multiple times.

As officers approached the scene, they saw an individual running towards them with a firearm in his hand. Officers gave the man multiple commands to drop the weapon, which he did not comply with. Eight officers opened fire, including one officer who fired a Taser at the subject.

The individual was hit multiple times and fell to the ground; officers immediately began life-saving measures. He was later transported to Dell Seton Medical Center where he later died. Officials say the individual is a 21-year old black male. His identity has not yet been released. No one else was injured in the incident.

A gun was recovered at the scene, but no one else was taken into custody as people scattered amid the gunfire.

Officials say there is a large amount of video to go through of the incident, including officer body cameras and other surveillance video.

"Tonight was a very dynamic situation, which involved video footage from multiple cameras," APD Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay said. "This is going to take a long time for our investigators to go through our public safety videos, as well as videos of all the officers."

The eight officers involved, all of which have been with the department between 1 and 6 years, have been placed on administrative leave.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the APD Homicide Tip Line at (512) 974-5210.

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