APD identifies suspect, police officer in officer-involved shooting




Posted on January 15, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 15 at 7:01 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin police have identified the suspect in Monday's officer-involved shooting.

Police say 51-year-old Mark Fruge is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, three counts of attempted murder, and one count of aggravated kidnapping.

"He has an extensive criminal history, one that would indicate he definitely has not learned and doesn't belong out here in this community," Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a press conference Tuesday.

Fruge has already spent years in prison for various crimes. He was convicted of aggravated assault, attempted murder, and attempted voluntary manslaughter.

Officers responded to a robbery call in the 5400 block of Interstate 35 in the Capital Plaza Shopping Center in East Austin Monday afternoon.

Austin police say Fruge followed an armored car driver into the Fallas store at Capital Plaza. He robbed the driver and took his gun. When a store clerk began screaming, investigators say Fruge fired at her with a 10 mm semi-automatic. He then ran out and jumped into his car. A witness followed Fruge as he drove away.

"The witness continued to follow him and immediately started calling 911 and providing the Austin Police Department with information," Acevedo said.

APD Officer Roosevelt Granderson, a four-year member of the force and Officer Aaron Pippin caught up to the suspect near Springdale Road.

"The suspect immediately exited his vehicle through the driver's door and fired at the two officers as they came to a stop and exited their vehicles. Officer Granderson sustained an injury to a knee which included a glass fragment that was recovered during surgery this morning and actually has fractures in his knee," Acevedo said.

Chief Acevedo says after shooting at the officers, Fruge carjacked another person and forced the victim to drive him to his apartment complex off Highway 290.  Police were already there waiting.

"The suspect was actually taken into custody by members of the Austin Police Department at that location without further incident," Acevedo said.

Chief Acevedo says Officer Granderson is in good spirits and in good condition. He's expected to be released from the hospital late Tuesday or Wednesday morning.