APD officer shoots stabbing suspect in west Austin

Officer involved in shooting, stabbing in west Austin. (KXAN photo)
Officer involved in shooting, stabbing in west Austin. (KXAN photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police officer was involved in a shooting Sunday where two men were rushed to the hospital after one was shot and another was stabbed.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said police were called to the 4000 block of Greenhill Place, which is off Mesa Drive in west Austin, at 10:35 a.m. The caller reported hearing a man and woman screaming and a man saying “he had a gun and he would use it.”

Manley said as police were on their way to the home, they received a second call from another person who said a man living at the home had sent her a suicide note.

APD said when the first officer arrived on the scene, the 59-year-old suspect, Quinton Wiles, was standing on the front porch, and began to charge toward him. Police say the officer, Jason Canales, ordered the man multiple times to drop the weapon, but he refused and kept making threatening movements toward the officer. Police say that’s when the officer shot the suspect.

Police said the caller was still on the phone and alerted them that someone had been stabbed and an officer had shot the suspect.

According to Manley, the entire incident was captured on the officer’s body camera, which the chief reviewed on scene.

After the shooting, police treated the suspect and entered the home to treat the victim, a 69-year-old white man who they say had multiple stab wounds.

Austin-Travis County EMS said they transported the two men to the hospital. According to APD, as of Sunday the stabbing victim is in critical but stable condition and the suspect is in serious but stable condition. No officers were injured.

Canales has been with APD for eight years, and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Wiles is being charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/seriously bodily injury. A booking photo was not immediately available.

Wiles was booked into the Travis County Correctional Complex Monday and has a $1,000,000 bond. He faces an aggravated assault charge.

On Friday, an Austin police officer shot and injured a man who they say stabbed a woman to death in central Austin.

Chief Manley said the two incidents are not related. “We have gone many many months without [an officer involved shooting],” Manley said. “There is no rhyme or reason or sequence to these things. I think it’s unfortunate.”

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