Eyewitness to deadly 6th Street shooting never saw Nobles fire at police

One person was hospitalized after a shooting involving Austin police downtown. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
One person was hospitalized after a shooting involving Austin police downtown. (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who was working overnight security at the Pecan Street Festival says he saw the entire officer-involved shooting play out early Sunday morning.

Eyewitness Elvis Ingram tells KXAN, “As he was running on Trinity an officer picked up a bicycle and threw it at his face and he tripped and fell over the bike. When he fell right by my golf cart a pop went off and he jumped up immediately and he ran past me,” Ingram continued.

Ingram believes the pop came from a gun on Nobles, but he never saw a weapon in his hand or pointed toward officers before officers started shooting.

“[Police] fired four rounds into [Nobles’] back. He was about 25 feet from me when he died,” Ingram continued.

Police took Ingram to APD headquarters for an interview, and a couple of days later Ingram contacted KXAN to share his story.

Frankie Nobles, Landon’s cousin, told KXAN a similar story.

“The fact that the police are trying to say that he turned around and started shooting at them that never happened,” said Nobles. “I saw everything as it occurred.”

The two officers who fired at Nobles were not wearing body cameras. Thursday, APD responded to questions about the eyewitness account with the following statement:

The shooting that occurred early Sunday is still being investigated both criminally and administratively. The Austin Police Department has spoken to witnesses that have come forward, including [Ingram]. We will not release any additional information at this time so as not to jeopardize these ongoing investigations.”

Shortly after the shooting Sunday morning, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said, “Based on our preliminary investigation and on the reports that we’ve been given the suspect did turn and fire towards our officers.”

The Austin Police Association president Ken Casaday tells KXAN he was there that morning, and is “extremely confident in everything officers said and did.”

“Eyewitnesses are some of the most inaccurate accounts,” said Casaday. “Exercises show how inaccurate they can be.”

Austin police continue to ask anyone who witnessed this incident or has video of it to contact APD through Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

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