AUSTIN (KXAN) — A mental health call involving a woman who had a gun turned deadly early Sunday morning.
It happened just before 4 a.m. at the Club at Summer Valley Apartments at 744 W. William Cannon, at the corner of South 1st Street. Austin police say they were originally called to the apartment complex for a husband who called stating his wife had a weapon.
When the officers arrived and started assessing the situation, a white woman came out of the breezeway. Asst. Chief Troy Gay says the woman had a weapon in her hands and “extended the weapon towards the officers and said ‘shoot me, shoot me, kill me.'”
Gay says officers gave her verbal commands to drop the weapon but she proceeded to move towards the officers, and they in turn fired their weapons. As she was lying on the ground, police say she was still moving after being shot and she still “had the weapon in her hand pointing at the direction of the officers.” Fearing they were still in danger, Gay says the officers fired several more shots.
“The weapon was then away from the female and officers were able to have the weapon in their possession,” explains Gay in a news conference.
The 26-year-old woman was taken to the hospital where she died a short time later. Two officers were involved in the shooting, both have been with the department for three years. They will be placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard protocol.
This is the eighth deadly shooting involving Austin Police Department officers this year. The most recent was on Sept. 15 in southwest Austin. Police say Morgan Wayne Crocker, 34, was shot and killed during a burglary call. When officers arrived the second time, they saw Crocker trying to run away from the apartment complex. In order to get him to stop, one officer used a stun gun on the suspect, but he rolled over on the ground and when he rolled over, police say he took out a weapon and shot at one of the officers. The officers shot back and wounded the man but police say he continued to resist after being shot. He died at the hospital.
In April, police say the deadly shooting of a man wielding knives in a store parking lot appeared to be “suicide by cop”—which could be the situation in Sunday’s shooting.