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Attempted patrol vehicle break-in leads to struggle, constable injured

The constable involved with the struggle sustained minor injuries.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that an Austin police officer had been shot. However, law enforcement officials later clarified that the official injured at the scene was a deputy constable and he sustained a minor injury.

A constable with Travis County Precinct 1 was injured while stopping an attempted patrol vehicle break-in early Thursday morning. 

At around 6 a.m., Precinct 1 Constable Tonya Dixon confirmed to KVUE that there was an attempted patrol vehicle break-in on 12501 Tech Ridge Blvd. 

An off-duty constable heard what sounded like gunshots outside of his apartment. When he went outside, he saw that his patrol vehicle door was open and the glass on the passenger side window had been broken.

Once at his vehicle, the constable discovered that a suspect was inside. The constable and the suspect struggled, leading to an on-foot pursuit. During the pursuit, the constable dislocated his finger and sustained minor injuries.

According to a spokesperson with the Austin Police Department, an APD officer also responded to the scene to assist, but the officer was not involved in the response. Once on the scene, APD conducted the investigation report on the incident.

Authorities have not confirmed how many shots, if any, were fired. 

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