Struggle over weapon leads to officer-involved shooting


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on October 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Updated Saturday, Oct 19 at 9:38 AM

AUSTIN -- Austin police officers are investigating an officer-involved shooting in a North Austin neighborhood.

Officers were responding to reports of shots fired somewhere near Quail Ridge Drive around 3:20 p.m. Friday.

APD Assistant Chief Raul Munguia told KVUE that as the first responding officers were arriving, they got an update that an innocent bystander was struck in the leg. Investigators later discovered the person may have been hit by a stray bullet from his neighbor.

According to the neighbor, a man was wrestling with a woman in his yard over a weapon. The responding officers approached the couple’s home on Cripple Creek Drive and demanded that the man drop the weapon.

“They saw that the subject was carrying a rifle, an assault-type rifle. The subject was ordered to put the gun down, and he didn't comply. He actually raised the weapons towards officers, and the officers fired on the subject, striking him,” said Munguia.

APD says the man shot by officers was hit once in the upper torso. However, his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The innocent bystander who was hit by the stray bullet was hit in the leg.

Both men were stable as of Friday evening, according to Austin police.

The three APD officers who fired their weapons are on paid administrative leave which is the protocol in cases like this.

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