New details in officer-involved shooting


by KVUE News


Posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 10:31 PM

AUSTIN -- The Austin Police Department has released new information about an officer-involved shooting at a home on Lanshire Drive in North Austin.

The morning of March 1st, police say 70-year-old John Schaefer called them, saying that he’d shot and killed a dog.

When Austin Police officer Johnathan Whitted arrived at Schaefer's house on Lanshire drive, Schaefer had just shot a pit bull.

Dispatch told him to put his gun away but he refused.

In just a matter of minutes, Schaefer, an instructor for the Austin Rifle Club was shot twice in the chest by officer Whitted.

Investigators filed an affidavit on March 1st to search Schaefer's home. The affidavit says Schaefer was carrying a pistol on his right hip in a holster.

Austin police chief Art Acevedo says Schaefer had a pistol in his waistband and when officer Whitted asked him to put the gun down, Acevedo says Schaefer refused and aimed the pistol at the officer.

But, Schaefer's family says that can't be true.

Chief Acevedo admits there are inconsistenices in the search warrant.

He says an independent third party wrote down the details of what happened and several different people are now reviewing the officer's actions.