APD investigate fatal officer-involved shooting


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Posted on March 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 8:55 PM

Officer-involved shooting in North Austin

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AUSTIN -- A man was killed Friday morning after an officer-involved shooting in North Austin. Police identified the man as 70-year-old John Schaefer.

It happened on Lanshire Drive Friday morning.

Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo held a press conference Friday at 10:15 a.m. Acevedo said after police received a 911 call from a man saying he'd been attacked by a pit bull and had shot the dog, police arrived on scene around 7:30 a.m. and confirmed a dog had been shot and killed in the backyard of a home.

Jonathan Whitted, the officer on the scene, saw a man armed with pistol in his waistband and asked him to put the gun down. Schaefer refused to give up the firearm and drew his pistol and aimed it at the officer.

Acevedo said because Whitted was threatened with the use of deadly force, he drew his gun and shot Schaefer.

EMS was called for and pronounced Schaefer dead around 7:45 a.m.

"The taking of a human life is something that no one ever goes to work as a police officer wanting to do. In this case, my officer is shaken up, despite the fact that he was confronted by an armed subject," Acevedo said.

Officer Whitted has been placed on administrative leave, as is typical during such an investigation. Whitted has been with the department since September of 2009.

Chief Acevedo says dash cameras and audio recording devices were rolling, though it's not yet known what they captured.

Neighbors heard the gunshots and police are interviewing witnesses.

"I went into the backyard to check out what was going on, didn't really see anything," said one neighbor. "Then I went back inside. Next thing you know, about five minutes later, hear two more shots."

The investigation is ongoing.

We'll have more on this story tonight on KVUE News at 5 and 6 p.m.


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