Man shot, killed by Austin officer Friday night identified

Tyler Hunkin (APD Photo)
Tyler Hunkin (APD Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The man shot by an Austin police officer Friday night in a South Austin Randall’s grocery store parking lot has been identified.

Tyler Hunkin, 29, ran at an officer with two knives in his hands, in an incident described by Police Chief Art Acevedo as probable “suicide by cop.”

Hunkin was in the Travis County Jail at the beginning of April for driving with an invalid license with previous convictions. He was scheduled to appear in court next month.

The officer who shot and killed Hunkin is Matthew Paredes, who has been with the department for four-and-a-half years.

The case remains under investigation and review by APD’s Internal Affairs Unit, the police monitor, the department’s Special Investigation Unit and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

The case will be presented to a Travis County Grand Jury.

“Our officer is shaken up,” Acevedo said at a Friday night press conference. “Despite what the public and critics might say that officers — somehow this doesn’t impact them. I can tell you he’s very shaken up, and saddened by this chain of events.”

The police chief said this was the fifth officer-involved shooting of the year, reminding those gathered that two officers have been shot in the last month. Both are recovering. “I’m really concerned about the uptick in violence against law enforcement,” the chief, who was working patrol the night of the shooting, said.

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