Man killed in officer-involved shooting


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist DATHAN HULL

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Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 6:33 AM

AUSTIN -- A man was shot and killed Tuesday night in Southeast Austin.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said the incident began as a suicide threat that turned into threats against Austin police. The suspect then pointed a gun at police officers when he was shot.

Police said the officer-involved shooting occurred in the 700 block of Valdez Street near Montopolis and 183.

A police helicopter was seen circling the area Tuesday night after the shooting when someone reported that a man ran from the scene. However, police say no one was found.

"I was inside, I was making cakes and I heard about ten gunshots," one witness said. "They were pretty loud and they were just behind my house. Coming to find out the gunshots came from the other street into this street over here. So some of the cars did get their windows shot at, and another house got shot at. So it's kind of scary out here and it's kind of chaotic right now."

KVUE News learned of reports of gunfire heard Tuesday around 4 a.m.

"Around 4:15 a.m. It took us completely out of our sleep," a resident said. "We first heard two (gunshots), then we heard four just immediately right after. We walked outside and that's when we saw several cop cars patrolling with their lights off. And then two (officers) on foot looking for somebody but they wouldn't give us any further details. And this evening I was in my backyard and that's when I heard cops yelling 'Put your hands up." So I am assuming they were either chasing or going after somebody after the ten shots were fired."

Detectives are now investigating if the shots fired Tuesday morning are related to the incident Tuesday night. All officers involved have been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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