Burglary suspect dies after police shooting in southwest Austin

Officer involved shooting on Monterrey Oaks at Sedona Springs Apartments (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
Officer involved shooting on Monterrey Oaks at Sedona Springs Apartments (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is dead and two officers are on administrative leave after a shooting in southwest Austin.

Austin Police are investigating after officers shot and killed a burglary suspect around midnight on Thursday. The shooting happened at the Sedona Springs Apartments on the 4200 block of Monterrey Oaks Boulevard.

Police say it began when four officers went to investigate a car burglary at the complex around 10:20 p.m. The officers could not find the suspect and left at 11:30 p.m.

Just before midnight, officers returned after someone called 911 to say the suspect had returned. Officers found the man and caught him trying to run away behind the complex.

One officer used a Taser to take down the suspect. They say the suspect rolled over with a gun and shot at one of the officers. The officers shot back and wounded the man. None of the officers were hit by the gunfire. The suspect continued to fight officers after he was shot. The man was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where he died at 12:48 a.m.

While officials say the officer’s dash cameras were rolling, they were too far away to capture the shooting. However someone caught the whole incident on their cell phone camera which was turned over to police.

“Having watched that cell phone I stand here tonight to say we are fortunate that we didn’t lose an officer tonight,” said Brian Manley, Chief of Staff APD. “When he rolled over and produced that weapon and fired at our officers they were in very close proximity and they did an outstanding job of reacting to the deadly force that was put their way.”

Two officers were put on administrative leave after the shooting, which is standard police protocol. The officers weren’t identified but police say one has worked in the department for two years and nine months and the other has worked 23 years and eight months with Austin Police. So far the name of the suspect has not been released.

This is the seventh time this year an Austin police officer has been involved in a shooting. The most recent was on Labor Day. Police say 35-year-old Cesar Garcia raised a rifle at officers on Tech Ridge Boulevard in northeast Austin. Garcia died after the shooting.

On April 22, Tyler Hunkin was shot and killed by an Austin police officer. He was running at the officers with knives in his hands.

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