AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who feared for his — and his family’s — safety shot and killed a man who had run away from a South Austin group home Monday morning, according to Austin police. Investigators say the shooting happened just before 6:30 a.m. in the 10200 block of Brantley Bend. A few minutes before the shooting, several 911 calls came in reporting a man who had been walking around the neighborhood banging on doors.
When the man went to a home on Brantley Bend, he banged on the door and was able to force his way into the front entryway.
“The homeowner was alerted to the previous banging by his wife,” said Senior Police Officer Veneza Bremner. “At which point, he went to the front door and fired his weapon at the suspect, striking him in the front of his body.”
The man died at the scene. The husband and wife, along with their three kids, were home at the time of the incident.
“The homeowner feared for his life and his family’s life,” said Bremner.
The man who was killed had run away from a nearby group home after becoming agitated, a spokesperson for Rescare said. The company manages Educare Community Living Corp which is a home that
provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A staff member tried to follow the man, who is autistic, but could not convince him to come back. She then went back into the home to check on the other people living there. When she came back outside, police officers were outside and told her what had happened.
“Right now our staff members are trying to deal with their grief and the family’s,” said spokesperson Nel Taylor in an email statement. “Right now our staff members are trying to deal with their grief and the family’s.”
Neighbor Steve Roberts lives at the end of the street.
“Well, I’m glad I’m not in that situation. He did what he thought he had to do; I probably would have done the same thing,” said Roberts after first learning about the shooting. “I took the trash out, the can, and I heard three gun shots, ‘Boom! Boom! Boom! … I know they were gunshots and they weren’t firecrackers because I shoot and hunt.”
Police are still trying to determine if officers were already on their way to the neighborhood for the initial disturbance when the shooting happened.
Background Educare Community Living Corp
Adult Protective Services is assisting law enforcement in the investigation. APS investigates allegations of abuse, neglect and/or exploitation and in this case it would be potential neglect.
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Aging and Disability Services, Educare Community Living Corp. is a licensed ICS (intermediate care facility) for individuals who have intellectual and developmental disability.
In the past three years, DADS said the facility had some minor deficiencies but all of the issues were addressed.
DADS said Educare has operated since November 1, 2011. The license allows them to operate a six-bed facility.
Anytime there are facilities such as these in a neighborhood, residents can reach out to DADS at 1-800-458-9858 in case they have any concerns.