AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police say the 22-year-old man who died in a suspicious death at a North Austin apartment complex May 4 was trying to rob the shooter.

The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Madison at Wells Branch Apartments off MoPac, north of Parmer Lane on Elm Ridge Lane.

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Police said neighbors called 911 at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday, saying they heard a loud bang and yelling.

When police and medics got there, they found Tony Ray Green Jr. with obvious trauma to his body. Green was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m.

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Green and another unidentified man had reportedly kicked in the door of an apartment belonging to a man named David Smith in an attempt to rob him.

Smith shot Green in self-defense, while the other man fled the scene, police said.

Green's death has been ruled a homicide.

Smith was arrested on a marijuana charge and booked at the Travis County jail.

The District Attorney's Office is reviewing the homicide case.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at (512) 472-TIPS. You may remain anonymous.


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