AUSTIN (KXAN) – A man who was shot with a bean bag and stunned with a Taser by Austin Police Officers died while in police custody last month, Austin Police announced Friday.
Austin Police say Timothy Rice died at University Medical Center at Brackenridge on July 25th, a day after he was arrested. It’s not clear why he died. An autopsy was ordered and the results are pending.
The case is being investigated by the APD Special Investigations Unit and the Travis County District Attorney’s Critical Incident Unit.
Police say Rice had several self-inflicted wounds to his body when they encountered him at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Willow Creek Drive, where they were investigating a suicide call. Police say he then charged at officers with a tomahawk raised above his head. One officer opened fire with bean bags in his shotgun. Additional officers got into a struggle with Rice and shocked him with a Taser.
Austin Police announced the in custody death after KXAN began inquiring about it yesterday.