APD officer cleared of any wrongdoing in deadly SWAT standoff

Shirtley Avenue officer involved shooting.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer who shot and killed a woman after a 5-hour standoff in May won’t face any charges.

On Tuesday, a Travis County Grand Jury determined Officer Robert Pfaff, a SWAT Team member, reacted accordingly when he shot 31-year-old Cassandra Bolin three times. On May 25, police were originally called to the Chelsea Park Apartments in the 6500 block of Shirley Avenue around 1:30 a.m. for a suicidal woman. When officers arrived, they tried to speak with Bolin, but she refused to come out of her apartment. According to authorities, Bolin demanded the officers leave and she threatened to shoot the officers and herself.

Negotiators tried to get Bolin to come out peacefully, but police say she came out several times and started yelling profanities and making gestures at the officers. The stand-off turned deadly when Bolin came out with a handgun pointed at herself and then in the direction of the officers, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. Officer Pfaff fired his rifle at her three times, striking her three times and killing her.

Pfaff has been with the Austin Police Department for more than seven years. He was placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

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