Hotel guests report fight before deadly I-35 crash

Austin Police on scene near Rundberg and I-35. (Todd Bynum/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department continues its investigation into an incident that left one man dead in North Austin.

It happened late Friday night when police officers were working a routine traffic stop at the Chevron gas station.

At around 10:45 p.m. they heard gunshots coming from the Budget Lodge.

“Fortunately, we had officers right there working a call,” said Corporal David Boyd with APD. “They heard it as well and were immediately able to radio it in.”

Police then saw a car leave the area and get onto I-35.

“The vehicle crashed shortly after leaving and the officer approached and found that the driver was deceased in the vehicle,” said Boyd.

Hotel guests and others tell KXAN there was some sort of confrontation at the motel, that led to shots being fired.

The interstate was shut down for about seven hours as homicide investigators gathered evidence from two crime scenes.

There are crime cameras in the area to help cut down on drugs and prostitution. Police have not said whether those cameras recorded anything that will be helpful with the investigation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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