AUSTIN – The man who has been arrested in connection to an early December shooting has been identified as a convicted felon and is accused of taking the gun he used from a friend, according to an affidavit obtained by KVUE.
Austin-Travis County EMS said they were called to the area of Lynridge Drive, near Manor Road and U.S. 183, around 5:30 a.m. Dec. 7 for the shooting. Police tell KVUE the victim knocked on the door of a home, and that the family found the victim had a gunshot wound to his back. The victim was taken to a hospital with critical injuries and had to undergo surgery.
Later, the victim described to police the weapon that was used in the shooting and identified the shooter as Edward Powell, who police said is a convicted felon.
Police arrested Powell on Dec. 14 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
On Dec. 19, police interviewed Powell in custody, where he allegedly admitted to shooting the victim with the same weapon that the victim described to police. Powell allegedly told police that he hid the firearm in the cabinet near the kitchen oven of a residence. The affidavit did not state how he knew the person who lived at the residence.
When police contacted the woman who lived at the residence, they were unable to find the firearm. On Dec. 20, the woman called police to tell them she had found it. It was the same make, model and description that was provided by the victim and Powell.
According to the affidavit, in July, a woman who had a working relationship with Powell reported that her gun had been stolen from her residence. She told police that Powell had shown up unexpectedly to her house while she had several items -- including her firearm -- out on her dresser in her bedroom. She said that Powell went to the restroom near her bedroom and then left. She said the following day, she realized her firearm was missing. Her firearm was described to police as being the same make, model and description as the firearm that Powell described.
During the interview with police, Powell told police that he knew he was a convicted felon and that he should not have been in possession of the pistol.
In addition to his charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Powell has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. His total bond is set at $115,000, according to online records.