Police ID man killed in standoff

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by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and FOTI KALLERGIS / KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 6:33 AM

AUSTIN -- Police are learning more about the man who was shot and killed in a standoff with four Austin police officers.

On Wednesday police identified the man as 54-year-old Herbert Babelay.

His roommate Richard Brinkman tells KVUE that Babelay had recently broken up with his girlfriend and kept four to five guns in the shed behind his home, including a rifle. Brinkman also says Babelay wasn't taking his medication at the time of the incident.

Two neighbors watched through their window as four Austin police officers had guns drawn, locked and loaded, on their neighbor during the standoff Tuesday night.

"[He] came out with his gun, told him to 'Do what you got to do. Shoot me. Do what you got to do. Shoot me.' I saw him lift up his gun and [that] was it. They shot," neighbor Christine Cruz said.

APD says the man was suicidal and aimed a long rifle at the officers before they opened fire. The bullets ricocheted through the neighborhood, piercing through one woman's bedroom wall. One bullet landed on the floor, narrowly missing one of the homeowners.

Brinkman says his roommate was nice and would never hurt anyone.

"Not to be funny, but if I had shown up with a Mariachi band playing Johnny Cash, I think I
would have talked him out of it. He would have calmly walked into the police car," Brinkman said.

The four officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard in an investigation like this. Many of them haven't been with the department for long; one of them for only a month.

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