Police shoot and kill a man who officers believe shot a man in the city center

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police Department officers shot and killed a man on Colorado Street who they said shot another man downtown late Sunday night, Police Chief Joseph Chacon said in his preliminary briefing on the incident.

The initial 911 call came just after 11:30 a.m. and a person reported seeing a man with a gun near 5th and Guadeloupe Streets. Chacon said the officers responded immediately.

“About a minute later, at 11:34 p.m., a second 911 call came in indicating that several shots had been fired and people were running around in the 300 block of West 6th Street — and overall there was chaos,” the chief said. Chacon. , adding that additional officers were assigned to the call at that point.

At 11:36 a.m., 911 received a call that a man had been shot at. Police found the shooter – a man – about two minutes later with non-life-threatening injuries.

“For about the next five minutes, officers continued to scan the area looking for the person involved in the shooting,” Chacon said.

At 11:43 a.m., Chacon said officers saw a man who matched the shooter’s description.

“[They] began to approach and shout, after which the officers noticed that he had a gun. They yelled at each other and started yelling at the man to drop the gun and the man ran. One of the officers jumped out of the SUV and began the pursuit on foot, while the other two continued the pursuit in the SUV,” Chacon said. “The officers several times instructed the man to drop his weapon. A few seconds after the start of the foot chase, shots rang out. There were several officers who shot the man with their service firearms, and the man actually died.”

Chacon said officers immediately began life-saving measures and the man later died in hospital.

“During all these events, I think it is important to emphasize that this is an entertainment district in the city center, there were people everywhere. Many walking, cars in the area as well. And in general it was a very, very busy area of ​​the city, despite the late hour,” Chacon said.

The three officers who fired the shots were placed on administrative leave, which is the department’s protocol. Also in accordance with APD protocol, officers’ body cameras will be released within 10 working days.

This is an evolving story. Stay tuned for updates via KXAN.

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