AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer killed a 62-year-old man during a foot chase in Southwest Austin late Saturday night according to APD.
During a 5:30 a.m. press briefing Sunday, Austin police said a woman called 911 around 11:30 p.m. Saturday to report a man was following her.
Police went to David Lepine’s home in the 9400 block of Claxton Drive, which is off U.S. Highway 290 in the Oak Hill area. He came outside and was talking to officers, who say they noticed blood on his clothing and in several places on his pickup truck. Police say they asked Lepine why there was blood on his truck but said he was not able to give them an answer.
During the course of the conversation, the man took off running. Police say video from the officer’s patrol car shows the man reached down to his waistband for a weapon prior to being shot. Neighbors said they heard two bangs the believe were the gunshots.
“We do have a weapon that is on the scene in close proximity to where the deceased is lying,” Assistant Chief Brian Manley said.
Police confirm the weapon is a firearm, but at the time of the briefing, detectives had not yet determined the make or model. The truck with blood on it will be taken in for further evidence analysis, according to Manley.
No one else was injured, and police say the woman who originally called 911 was not hurt.
The officer involved, Patrick Cheatham, has been with the Austin Police Department about a year and went through the Department’s modified training. Prior to APD, Cheatham was with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office and Buda Police Department.
This is the third time an APD officer has shot and killed someone in the past week. On July 5, Austin police officers were involved in a shootout at the Downtown Austin Omni Hotel that left a gunman dead. That same morning, there was a separate deadly shooting where three police officers shot and killed a man at a house in North Austin, after they say the suicidal man pointed a gun at police.
“Although three have happened in very close proximity to each other, they are independent of each other and not any part of a pattern. So, there’s no connection,” said Manley.
APD’s Internal Affairs Division will be investigating all three recent shootings, along with the Office of the Police Monitor. The cases will eventually be presented to a Travis County grand jury.
So far in 2015, Austin police officers have opened fire on seven people. There were a total of three cases in 2014.