Suspected hit-and-run victim actually died in a shooting

Austin Police say Valente Garcia Hernandez was shot and run over Sunday.
Austin Police say Valente Garcia Hernandez was shot and run over Sunday.

AUSTIN (KXAN) —  A man who was run over by a car on Sunday in north Austin actually died of a gunshot wound, according to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office. This marks the 20th homicide in the city this year.

Austin police officers originally got a call about a potential hit-and-run on 8930 Galewood Dr. around 3:18 a.m. Police and EMS responded and despite life saving efforts, the victim died at the scene. Police report Valente Garcia-Hernandez, 35, had “obvious vehicle trauma” on his body.

Homicide detectives took over the investigation Monday after the medical examiner discovered Garcia-Hernandez had a gunshot wound.

Detectives identified 28-year-old Gustavo Sandoval Linana as a suspect, and he is now wanted on a 1st degree murder charge. They believe he left for Mexico after the shooting.

APD asks anyone with information to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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