APD investigates officer-involved shooting



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Posted on August 31, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 2:48 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in North Austin that was caught on camera early Saturday morning.

Just after midnight, an Austin police officer arrived at the warehouse on Neils Thompson Drive, responding to a burglary call.

"He noticed a white male suspect placing something in the vehicle," said Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo.

Acevedo said that the officer parked his patrol car and a black car drove into him, smashing the back of the police unit into a tree.

"He immediately started giving commands to the suspect in the vehicle, the driver and the passenger - there were two males in there - to put their hands up," Acevedo said.

Acevedo said the 20-year-old passenger obeyed, but the driver, a man in his 40s, hit the gas again.

"The officer, fearing that he was going to be ejected and either pinned and killed or seriously injured, discharged a volley of rounds at the driver," Acevado said.

The driver was hit. He was taken to the hospital in stable but serious condition and underwent surgery early Saturday morning. The officer also suffered injuries to his leg, but is expected to be OK. He is on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Acevedo said the incident was recorded in the patrol car's camera and that video will be vital to the investigation.

"When we release that video, it will be a very powerful tool for the prosecutor, the grand jury and ultimately the people of the city to see exactly what happened," Acevedo said.

This is the fifth officer-involved shooting of the year in Austin. Three of those were fatal.