Man assaults mother, gets shot after opening fire at police

August 03, 2018 - 2:43 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- A 27-year old man is in the hospital after assaulting his mother, leading police on a chase, and opening fire on officers before being shot by police Friday morning.

Austin Police say they received a disturbance call at 7:38 a.m. from the 4700 block of Chiappero Trail, reporting a person with a gun. Dispatchers heard a woman, believed to be the suspect's mother, yelling "you're hurting me."

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, is said to have knocked on his mother's door, pointed a gun at her, and demanded she get on her knees, at which point he assaulted her.

The suspect then headed down the street, slashed tires on a neighbor's vehicle, and took off in his own car.

At 8:48 a.m., an officer spotted the suspect's vehicle and tried to stop him, leading police on a chase that lasted about 10 minutes. The officer performed a pit maneuver on the suspect's car at Spicewood Springs and Mesa Drive, stopping him. Officers ordered the suspect to show his hands; the driver exited his vehicle and immediately produced a handgun, firing at the officers. Two officers fired back, hitting the suspect. The suspect was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical, life-threatening injuries.

Police Chief Brian Manley says the suspect is known to APD, and has a history of prior encounters. Officers recovered a semi-automatic handgun at the scene of the shooting.

Both of the officers who fired on the suspect are 5-year veterans of the department; per standard protocol, they have been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.


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