Off-duty Cap Metro employee commits suicide on bus



Posted on July 18, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 12:27 PM

AUSTIN -- An off-duty Capital Metro bus driver shot and killed himself in front of bus passengers Tuesday night.

The incident took place in the 3100 block of Red River near 32nd Street around 8:40 p.m. Officials say the man boarded the bus, then shot himself.

The driver pulled over and everyone evacuated the bus. There were four passengers on board at the time, but no one was else injured.

Wednesday afternoon, Cap Metro released the following statement on the incident:

Capital Metro is deeply saddened to report that an employee died last evening aboard a Capital Metro bus from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The employee [KVUE is choosing to withold the man's name out of concern for his family's privacy] had been a bus operator for Star Tran, Inc for 11 years, and had been placed on suspension for disciplinary reasons earlier this month by Star Tran.

Following the incident, the bus operator acted swiftly to safely escort the six passengers off of the bus. There were no injuries to the bus operator or passengers. The incident occurred in the 3100 block of Red River Street in Austin at 8:40 p.m.

Capital Metro will continue to cooperate with the Austin Police Department during its ongoing investigation. Grief counseling is being provided to Capital Metro employees today at the agency’s headquarters.

The management and employees of Capital Metro would like to offer their heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of [the employee] during this very difficult and painful time.





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