Car burglary suspect dies after being shot by Round Rock police

Round Rock police were involved in a shooting on Red Rock Drive and Apache Trail. (KXAN Photo)
Round Rock police were involved in a shooting on Red Rock Drive and Apache Trail. (KXAN Photo)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Round Rock police said it is investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting that happened at Red Rock Drive and Apache Trail at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

An official with Round Rock police said 21-year-old Richard Rangel was breaking into cars when officers confronted him. Police said he pulled a gun and fired at officers who were trying to wrestle the gun away from him. Officers fired back, striking Rangel.

Rangel was taken to the hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery before he died Saturday evening.

None of the officers were shot, but they did suffer minor injuries. As is standard protocol, the officers involved were placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing.

KXAN did a background search on Rangel and found a criminal history that includes an indecent exposure charge, plus several drug charges. Rangel was also charged with aggravated robbery, but ended up being convicted of just robbery.

Henry, who lives where this latest incident happened, didn’t  want to be identified by his full name, but says it all started when he woke up at 3 a.m. like normal.

“I go, hmm … a 2:30 alert? It’s 3 o’clock. And it’s on the outside camera, meaning on the garage camera,” Henry said.

That’s when he saw his AT&T security video showing a man, gun on his hip, walking through his driveway and across the street to his neighbors’ cars. He called 911 when the man hid as a car drove by. An officer showed up three minutes later and Henry went to the window.

“He confronts the guy. The guy pulls a knife on them. He gets the knife out of the way. The cop gets the knife out of the way. The guy goes to the hip, pulls the gun out. The guy pulls the gun out, another cop who was patrolling the neighborhood comes in and shoots him,” Henry said.

Henry’s happy nobody else was hurt.

“Crazy, doesn’t happen here. It’s one of those things, it’s never going to happen at my house. Then it does. It can happen any place,” Henry said.

Henry’s cameras are pointing towards his neighbors’ house as well as his, something he hopes more people do to keep each other safe.

 

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