Police shot and killed an armed man after they were called to a northwest Austin parking lot early Saturday morning.
Austin Assistant Police Chief Chris McIlvain said officers were called to the 10400 block of Anderson Mill Road near the Hope Presbyterian Church around 1:10 a.m. Saturday for a report of two men physically fighting in a parking lot of the Anderson Mill Pub. Both men had left the scene by the time officers arrived, and police took possession of a handgun a witness took away from the suspect.
Police told KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman Tuesday the suspect was Scott Laurance Gilpin, 47. APD said Gilpin returned to the scene around 1:35 a.m. armed with a shotgun and AR-15 rifle (ArmaLite rifle, design 15). McIlvain said Gilpin fired five or six shots into the air while the first responding officer waited for backup to arrive.
Police said backup arrived and Gilpin ignored commands to drop his weapons, instead, walking toward a nearby church and barricading himself behind a retaining wall. A map of the area identifies the church as Hope Presbyterian Church. Giplin did talk with police for more than 10 minutes, but did not drop his weapons, police added.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, Gilpin began walking through the courtyard and confronted police. McIlvain said one officer fired and killed Gilpin. The Statesman identifies the officer as Jesse Lane, a 2 1/2-year veteran of the department assigned to patrol in northwest Austin.
While top brass didn't elaborate, department insiders told KVUE that the man was shouting "shoot me." Those same insiders call this a suicide by cop.\
"I'm shocked, it's not something that I would think would happen in this area," said Herva Banya, a pharmacist at AM Pharmacy, just doors down from the pub.
Banya said he's just glad the shooting didn't happen hours later when people would have been around.
"Oh my God, that would be a disaster. Like I said, you have little kids coming up here, we have customers coming in here," said Banya.
Per standard procedure, Lane has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. McIlvain said Saturday morning SWAT and hostage negotiators were called to the scene but had not arrived when Gilpin began moving through the courtyard.
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