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APD SWAT officer fatally shoots suspect after domestic disturbance call

After hours of de-escalation attempts, police said the man was shot after he reached for a weapon in his waistband.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department reports that one person is dead after being shot by a SWAT officer amid an ongoing domestic disturbance Friday morning.

The incident was first reported near the 6000 block of Fairway Street, which is located in the Montopolis neighborhood. The APD later reported that the incident had evolved into an officer-involved shooting in the same area but updated the address to the 6200 block of Caddie Street. 

Police said the initial caller reported around 9:20 a.m. that she was involved in a disturbance with the father of her child or children and needed assistance. When officers arrived on the scene around 9:35 a.m., they learned there was a gun involved and found that the suspect was pointing the weapon toward his head. 

Police said upon arrival, the suspect, identified only as a 29-year-old male, had the weapon in his hands and he was asked repeatedly to drop it. A mental health officer arrived on the scene around 9:46 a.m., however, police said the suspect stated he would shoot himself if officers did not do so first.

Officials noted that as this incident occurred in an open area along the street, officials attempted to evacuate the neighborhood. Due to the nature of the incident, some residents chose to shelter in place inside their homes.

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Crisis intervention and hostage negotiators remained on the scene for two hours in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. APD Chief Joseph Chacon said they had lengthy discussions with the suspect over PA and via phone.

At some point, police noted that the man placed the weapon in his waistband, where it was still visible to responding officers and within reach of the suspect.

At 11:51 a.m., Chacon said officers moved closer in an attempt to use less-lethal means to incapacitate the man, such as Tasers and impact munitions, all of which were ineffective. At this time, Chacon said the man reached for his weapon, which is when a SWAT officer fired their gun, taking the suspect down.

Chacon said that after more than one minute to make sure the man was no longer a threat, officials moved in to provide lifesaving measures. The man was pronounced deceased at 11:59 a.m. No other injuries were reported.

The SWAT officer involved has been with the department for six years. He and other responding officers will be placed on administrative duty pending future investigations.

"It is always a horribly tragic thing when something like this happens. We always hope that we can resolve these types of situations peacefully. And, in the vast majority of cases, we are able to resolve them peacefully," said Chacon.

Chacon added that the woman and her children were taken to the APD's victim services unit and that all are unharmed.

Danny Granado, the brother of the man who was shot, said he tried to get police to let him communicate with his brother but they said no. 

"I told him and I begged him, please let me go over and talk to my brother, and I told officers I don't see no gun in his possession. They said we got it under control. I said, man, please, y'all let me go. Let me go do this for my little brother man," Granado said.

A neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous was near the area where the shooting happened in southeast Austin. She said she also didn't see the man with a gun. Austin police said otherwise. 

Chief Chacon noted that footage captured by police on the scene will be released within 10 days, in accordance with APD policy.


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