Police chief maintains man killed by officers was armed

Tyler Caraway was shot and killed after police say he fired a gun at them.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — FBI agents and members of the Central Texas Violent Crimes Task force were trying to arrest 24-year-old Tyler Caraway Monday when officers say he opened fire. But his roommate in the car with him is telling a different story.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is standing by his words that Caraway jumped out of his vehicle and opened fire. Caraway’s roommate, Jessica Schoonover, said she did not see him with a gun and said he never left the car. The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has taken over the investigation and declined to comment on whether Caraway was armed.

“In an investigation of this type you can’t be transparent in the beginning,” said Roger Wade, spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. “You have to collect evidence, evaluate it and make sure you have everything in a row to present to the grand jury.”

Wade says the detectives involved are meeting with the sheriff and the district attorney’s office Thursday morning, and more information is expected to be released after that.

“You just want to know what it is so you can have an understanding and feel like justice is being done and you can relax,” said Kristin Sundberg, who lives around the corner from where the shooting happened.

The task force included two Austin police officers, one Round Rock officer and three FBI agents. Authorities say the Round Rock officer and the two APD officers serving on the task force were the ones who fired at Caraway. The two APD officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The original version of this story reported Schoonover never saw Caraway with a gun. Thursday, she clarified her statement saying she did not see him with a gun but did not know whether or not he was armed.

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