AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department has identified a man arrested in connection with a homicide at Auditorium Shores at Town Lake Metropolitan Park, near Downtown Austin.
APD identified 30-year-old Coltan Moore as the person wanted for the death of an unidentified man near downtown on Aug. 24. He was taken to the Travis County Jail for first-degree murder.
APD Officer Michael Bullock said that a jogger called authorities at 6:54 a.m. Wednesday after finding an unresponsive individual. When police and EMS medics arrived at the scene, they located an unresponsive man with trauma to his head.
Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
In the Thursday update, APD said an investigation revealed that Moore assaulted the victim using large rocks, which caused fatal injuries to the victim.
Bullock said that police don't currently have a lot of information about what led up to the victim's death.
Bullock said it was believed to be an isolated incident and also noted that it's very uncommon for an incident like this to occur in the Auditorium Shores area, as it's such a public place.
This is being investigated as Austin's 50th homicide of 2022.
APD said it will be increasing patrols around city parks to help deter violent crimes.
Bullock said APD is asking anyone with any information about this incident to call the APD Homicide tip line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.
APD said portions of the park will be closed as the investigation continues. Residents are asked to avoid the area.
No additional information is available at this time.
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