Man found dead in connection to kidnapping identified

A kidnapping at a grocery store.. and now police confirm someone is dead.

AUSTIN - A man found dead near the Colorado River was connected to an aggravated kidnapping incident near the Allandale Shopping Center Wednesday afternoon, according to Austin police.

Police said the kidnapping was reported in the parking lot of the HEB located at 2222 and Burnet Road at 1:35 p.m. Aug. 2. Officials said the two people involved know each other. 

The Travis County Sheriff's Office said a woman called police at 2:40 p.m. and said she had been shot and the man who shot her had turned the gun on himself. She was not initially sure of her location but was eventually able to give deputies the address in the 4400 block of Aqua Verde Drive near the Colorado River.

Deputies arrived to find a man in his 20s outside of a vehicle with neighbors performing CPR on him. The man died from his injuries, and TCSO identified the man as Tomas Vences-Martinez, 25, of Austin.

The woman, also in her 20s, was cared for by deputies until Austin-Travis County EMS arrived. The woman was taken to St. David's South Austin Medical Center in serious condition, and TCSO said Wednesday she is expected to remain in the hospital for "some time."

Initially, police believed there weren't any children involved, but later discovered a 10-year-old family member was present during the incident. Police said he is not the child of Vences-Martinez or the woman. He was not injured and is safe with family members, police said.

TCSO they are investigating the suicide portion of the incident and APD is investigating the kidnapping and shooting of the woman.

KVUE will update this page as more information becomes available.

Editor's Note: Austin- Travis County Emergency Medical Services said a vehicle was not involved in the incident in west Austin. This story has been updated to reflect this detail.

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