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Officials arrest man accused of shooting at Austin officer on Christmas Eve

No one was injured in the incident, police said.

AUSTIN, Texas — Local officials have arrested the man accused of shooting at an officer in southwest Austin on Christmas Eve morning.

Louis Rhyne, 41, was arrested on Dec. 29 on the 10700 block of East Crystal Falls Parkway in Leander after anonymous tips delivered to Capital Area Crime Stoppers.

Investigators previously signed an arrest warrant for Rhyne, who is facing charges for aggravated assault on a police officer. His bond is set at $1 million. 

According to police, this charge is in addition to three outstanding felony warrants for motions to revoke personal recognizance bonds for burglary of a vehicle with two or more prior convictions, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Credit: U.S. Marshals

Police said an officer responded to an alarm call near Travis Green Lane and Hero Drive around 12:05 a.m. on Dec. 24. Once on the scene, the officer saw a car with duct tape obstructing the license plate drive past a nearby residence.

The officer tried to make a traffic stop, but the suspect fled and fired several shots. Officers abandoned a short pursuit after the suspect drove on the wrong side of the road, police said.

The car was later located crashed and abandoned at a nearby apartment complex parking lot, but Rhyne was not found.

No one was injured in the incident.

In addition to the Capital Area Crime Stoppers' reward of up to $1,000, several other organizations were offering money for information leading to the arrest of Rhyne, who also goes by the nickname "Taz." Austin Cops for Charities was offering $3,000, the Austin Police Association was offering $2,000 and the Greater Austin Crime Commission was offering $5,000.

Persons who provided information leading to Rhyne's arrest could remain anonymous and were eligible for the full $11,000 reward, according to APD.


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