Man with assault rifle shot, killed by Austin police officers identified

Officer involved shooting on Tech Ridge at San Paloma Apartments in North Austin (KXAN Photo/Kevin Schwaller)
Officer involved shooting on Tech Ridge at San Paloma Apartments in North Austin (KXAN Photo/Kevin Schwaller)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department on Tuesday identified the man shot and killed by officers after allegedly pointing his rifle in their direction.

Cesar Garcia, 35, was shot in the 12500 block of Tech Ridge Boulevard at the San Paloma Apartments shortly after 9 a.m. Monday.

Police were on the way to another call when they found Garcia with an assault rifle. Police Chief Acevedo said the man refused to drop the gun and pointed it at his officers.

Garcia ran from officers after being shot by a “less lethal” shotgun round. “Some of the officers at that point they fired rounds to stop him and contain him,” Acevedo said.

The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Corporal Salvatore Reale and Senior Police Officer Andrew McRae. Reale has been with the department for 26 years and McRae has eight years with the department. Following standard protocol for officer-involved shootings, both officers were placed on paid administrative leave.

The chief said they did not believe Garcia fired his weapon and did not say whether or not the gun was loaded. Based on his initial review, Acevedo said his officers did what the department would expect to resolve the situation peacefully.

The shooting is being investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs Unit and monitored by the Office of the Police Monitor. The department’s Special Investigation Unit is also carrying out a criminal investigation with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

A Travis County Grand Jury will review the incident.

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