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Neighbor calls 911 after kids find their mother shot; boyfriend facing murder charge

Austin police said they were speaking with witnesses when the man returned and surrendered.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: Police originally reported the suspect was the father of the woman's children. Police later said the suspect was the woman's boyfriend.

An Austin man has been arrested after police say he fatally shot his girlfriend.

The Austin Police Department responded to the 15000 block of Forum Avenue on Sunday around 9:36 p.m. after receiving a call from a neighbor who reported that the two kids ran to their home saying their mother had been shot.

Upon arrival at the residence, police and Austin-Travis County-EMS discovered Lekita Hurd. She was pronounced dead on scene at 9:55 p.m. despite lifesaving measures.

According to police, 27-year-old Demetrie Oneal Mann fled the area. Police said Mann was Hurd's boyfriend.

While speaking with witnesses on scene, police said the suspect returned and surrendered. He was arrested without incident.

Credit: Austin Police Department
Demetrie Oneal Mann


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The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Monday.

Mann remains in the Travis County Jail with pending murder charges. The children are safe with family.

Anyone with more information is asked to call 512-974-TIPS, use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov. You can remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.


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