Austin police released the name and mugshot of the suspect involved in the officer-involved shooting over the weekend in North Austin.
Police say an officer fired at Fernando Estrada, 22, when he allegedly put his truck into gear and tried to run over the officer responding to the incident near the intersection of Interstate 35 and Rundberg Lane at 1:42 p.m. Saturday.
APD Chief Art Acevedo said the drunk Estrada crashed into three cars in the parking lot of the Shell gas station.
Officer John Gabrielson responded and tried to stop Estrada, who is accused of ramming his truck toward the officer and trying to run him over twice.
The officer was able to move, but Estrada allegedly tried again. That’s when the officer, fearing for his safety, pulled his gun and fired several rounds at the driver’s side of the truck.
Police say Estrada continued driving the truck — which family members say he’d gotten just a week ago — down Rundberg Lane toward North Lamar Boulevard, eventually hitting an additional car during the escape attempt.
During the chase, Estrada tried to veer into the parking lot of the HEB gas station at the intersection of Rundberg Lane and North Lamar Boulevard but he ended up losing control of his truck and ran into the gas station sign.
The responding officer was able to arrest Estrada, who 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 DWI.
Acevedo said Officer Gabrielson, who has been on the force since 2005, has been put on administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is standard protocol.
On Monday, Austin police released a surveillance photo of a vehicle/driver who might have witnessed the shooting. If you know or recognized the owner/driver of this red extended pick-up truck, please call the Special Investigations Unit at 512-974-6840.