Man killed by police in NE Austin identified

Officers on paid leave after fatal shooting

Police have identified the armed man who was shot by officers at a northeast Austin apartment complex and later died from his injuries.

APD said Cesar Garcia, 35, was shot at the San Paloma Apartments along the 12500 block of Tech Ridge Boulevard around 9 a.m. Monday. Police confirmed to KVUE that Garcia died at University Medical Center-Brackenridge around 30 minutes after the shooting.

A resident told KVUE News police were yelling at Garcia as he was holding his rifle. The resident, Caroline Holderfield, said police asked him several times to put his weapon down.

"I've actually listened to audio and watched video and a lot of this incident is actually captured on video," Acevedo said. "I can tell you that the officers were calm. They were giving a lot of very specific commands to 'we're here to help you. We want to help you. Drop the weapon. Drop the weapon.' And the subject never complied."

At some point Holderfield said she heard two gunshots and the man ran by a balcony with the rifle. That's when she said police chased after him and fired eight or nine shots at him. Officials then began performing CPR on the man.

Acevedo said the first shots were less than lethal rounds, fired by a four-year veteran of the department. Police did not identify that officer Tuesday.

"The subject on more than one occasion actually raised the assault rifle at officers. Officers did not shoot on one of the occasions. At one point officers deployed less lethal shotgun rounds, striking the subject to no avail," Acevedo described.

"The subject was, was not impacted by, even though he was struck, it didn't have any effect on having him surrender or drop the weapon. Subject then continued running in, starting running in the actual complex behind me," Acevedo told reporters outside of the complex.

"At one point, two officers fired rounds from the departmental issued rifles striking the subject. The officers immediately, at about 9:03 a.m. after the officer-involved shooting, immediately began administering CPR to the subject as well as utilizing tourniquets that we carry with us and treating the subject for his gunshot wounds," Acevedo added.

Police on Tuesday identified the officers involved as Cpl. Selvatore Reale, a 26-year veteran of APD, and Senior Police Officer Andrew McRae, an 8-year veteran with the department. Both are currently assigned to patrol in Northeast Austin, and are on paid administrative leave during the investigation, which is standard in police shootings.

Acevedo said Garcia lived in the apartment with his girlfriend and the two had a "falling out" which likely led to his behavior. He added this is not the first time officers have encountered him.

"It appears that the subject has had some issues before in terms of trying to engage in conduct that is deadly conduct that can lead to a fatal encounter with police," said Acevedo.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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