AUSTIN (KXAN) – On Friday, the Austin Police Department released details of a shooting that took place late Sunday evening on the 600 block of W. Colorado Street in downtown Austin.
APD said that on the day of the incident, at approximately 11:33 p.m., air traffic control received several 911 calls about a man with a gun firing in the area. According to the police, all the calls came at intervals of a few seconds. A minute later, APD received a call that someone had been shot at.
According to the APD, officers arrived at 11:35 p.m. and began searching for the man with the gun and continued to search the area, gathering information about the suspect’s description and last known direction of travel.
The victim of the shooting was found with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and officers treated the injured person when an Austin-Travis County ambulance was called to the scene. The victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he received medical attention and was discharged.
At approximately 11:43 p.m., three Austin police officers found a man, later identified as 31-year-old Anthony Marquis Franklin, who matched the shooter’s description.
The APD reported that Franklin had a gun and was ordered by officers to drop it. Franklin did not listen and instead ran away from the officers.
During the chase, the officers continued to order Franklin to drop his gun and show his hands, but Franklin did not listen.
According to police, Franklin soon ran out onto the porch of the building, and officers continued to order Franklin to show his hands. Franklin then jumped off the porch and fell to the ground.
“Within seconds, all three officers opened fire with firearms issued by the Department of Firearms at [Franklin,] hitting him. [Franklin] threw the gun at a car parked on the street next to him. Machine gun landed right in front of [him,]APD said.
The officers then told Franklin not to move, and he complied. The officers then approached, secured and searched him before taking life-saving measures.
According to the APD, an ambulance service arrived at the scene and took Franklin to the hospital with serious injuries at approximately 00:30. He later died from his injuries.
“The incident was recorded by the body cameras of three policemen. Three APD officers discharged Department-approved firearms. According to the traffic rules protocol, the employees were sent on administrative leave,” the police said.
APD said the department will conduct two parallel investigations into the incident: a criminal investigation conducted by the APD Special Investigations Division in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, and an administrative investigation conducted by the APD Internal Affairs Division under the supervision of the Police Department. Police supervision.