Man’s death in Southeast Austin is city’s fourth homicide

Police investigate suspicious death in South Austin (Sophia Beausoleil/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — What started out as a suspicious death in Southeast Austin has officially been classified a homicide. Police say it is the fourth in the city this year. Officials found a man dead at 1840 Burton Drive Thursday morning. Police said someone called 911 around 5:53 a.m. on a check welfare call outside the Silverado Condominiums. Police said they found a black man, either in his late 30s or early 40s, with obvious trauma to his body.  Police didn’t elaborate on the injuries but said the man was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m.

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Officers said they don’t know the man’s identity right now, and they’re waiting on the medical examiner. Once they do identity the man, police say they won’t be releasing the name until his family has been notified. Investigators say they don’t know if the man lived at, was visiting, or was just walking by the Silverado Condominiums.

“We do not have a suspect in custody at this time, so we’re canvasing the neighborhood to see if anybody saw or heard anything,” said Cpl. David Boyd. “Of course, they’re going to be looking to see if anybody has video surveillance systems in the neighborhood.”

Police expect to have the intersection of Burton Drive and Valley Hill to Woodland blocked off for several hours. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.

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