APD identify officer, suspect in officer-involved shooting


by FOTI KALLERGIS / KVUE News and photojournalist KENNETH NULL


Posted on May 17, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 5:10 PM

AUSTIN -- A shooting in Central East Austin involving a man and an Austin Police Department officer, which led to a three-and-a-half hour standoff ended with a suspect in custody.

Mark Guard, 26, was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Austin police and a SWAT team responded and surrounded the Capitol Village Apartments Friday around 3:35 a.m. near U.S. Highway 290 and Berkman Drive, when people say they saw Guard with a gun firing shots at the Capitol Village Apartments and pointing a gun at a neighbor.

When police arrived, Guard retreated into the apartment and from the second floor pointed a gun at a peace officer. The officer, Robert Barger, fired one shot at Guard who consequently hid back in the apartment.

There are no reports of injuries.

EMS and SWAT teams responded soon after to the apartment complex, surrounding it to prevent Guard from escaping.

APD Police Chief Art Acevedo provided a briefing on the incident at 6:30 a.m. in the El Rancho parking lot. Roadways US Highway 290 from Ed Bluestein to Berkman were closed, and the complex was evacuated.

After demands to surrender himself were given on a bullhorn by Chief Acevedo, Guard gave himself up to authorities at 7:00 a.m.

Officer Barger, who was commissioned on Oct. 7, 2011, is currently on paid administrative leave.

Police said the incident remains under investigation.