Police: hotel shooting was ‘personal’

Goins,Robert Earl (12-22-1970)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A security guard who shot and killed a man Friday night in Austin told investigators his altercation with the victim became “personal.”

Robert E. Goins, II., faces a murder charge for the shooting. According to warrant for his arrest, Goins told officers he was working at the Budget Lodge as a security guard when he and Jonathan Cook got into an unspecified altercation. Another employee at the hotel radioed to Goins to alert him that Cook was damaging his personal vehicle.

Goins says he ran to the front of the hotel and saw Cook by his car. Cook saw Goins and ran to climb into his Mitsubishi car. Goins told investigators he then saw the damage to his car and it became “personal.” Goin told officers he pulled his gun as Cook tried to leave and opened fire.

He told investigators Cook was driving off as he fired the first shot. He fired again but wasn’t sure what he hit.

Police later found the Mitsubishi a few blocks away; Cook was dead inside.

An autopsy determined Cook died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Goins is being held in the Travis County Jail in lieu of $300,000 bond.

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