An Austin Police officer fired at a man fleeing the scene of an accident near the intersection of IH-35 and Rundberg Lane.
It happened around 1:42 Saturday afternoon.
APD Chief Art Acevedo said a drunk 23-year-old Hispanic man had crashed into three vehicles in the parking lot of the Shell gas station.
A nearby officer responded to the scene and attempted to stop the man when the man put his truck into gear and tried to run the officer over.
The officer was able to move, but the man tried again. That’s when the officer, fearing for his safety, pulled his gun and shot at the vehicle.
The man continued driving the truck down Rundberg towards North Lamar Blvd, eventually hitting an additional vehicle during this attempt at escape.
When the officer gave chase, the suspect tried to veer into the parking lot of the HEB gas station a the intersection of Rundberg and North Lamar. That is where he lost control of his truck and ran into the gas station’s sign.
The responding officer was able to arrest the man after that accident. He faces counts of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of evading the scene, one count of aggravated assault against a police officer, three other unspecified charges and one DUI.
Acevedo said the officer who fired his gun has been put one administrative leave while the investigation is continued.
No other injuries were reported.