Police seek answers in October 2016 south Austin shooting death

Jacob Camacho, 20, shot and killed in South Austin on Oct. 30, 2016 (Courtesy: Johnny Camacho)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are working to close the file on an unsolved murder from October of last year.

On Oct. 30, 2016, Jacob Camacho, 20, was shot dead in the 1200 block of Armadillo Road after he crashed into a truck that hit and injured an elderly man. Police determined Camacho was speeding down the road from a party and hit several parked cars.

“I was home in bed sleeping and out of the blue I hear a big ol’ smack — bam,” said Jose Garcia. “Something hit something.”

He walked outside and saw police cars and helicopters, and also noticed his own truck had been hit. “I don’t give a damn about the truck,” said Garcia. “I want somebody to pay for the guy’s death.”

After hitting the truck that hit the elderly man, Camacho crashed into a tree in the front yard next to Garcia’s home where a family was having a separate party. According to police, family and friends of the man rushed Camacho’s vehicle and attacked him and his passengers, and at some point someone started shooting. It’s unclear exactly when the gunfire began.

“He could’ve been shot before hitting the truck, or he could’ve been shot after hitting the truck,” said APD Detective Nathan Sexton. “Various witnesses report hearing shots as he hit the truck, after he hit the truck and as he hit the tree — so any of this could potentially be self-defense.”

One theory is the shooter may have been trying to stop Camacho from hurting family and friends. Camacho took off running, but didn’t make it very far before collapsing in the street where he died. A medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.

Police believe the person who pulled the trigger several times was a family member or friend attending the party.

“I think whoever actually pulled the trigger may be afraid to come forward,” said Sexton. “Maybe they have a history or background or maybe they feel like saying the words ‘I shot this person’ are never going to sound good.”

Detectives are asking anyone with any information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Scene of the Armadillo Road homicide of Jacob Camacho on Oct. 30, 2016 (Austin Police Department Photo)
Scene of the Armadillo Road homicide of Jacob Camacho on Oct. 30, 2016 (Austin Police Department Photo)

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