Audio: Radio traffic captures moments before teen’s fatal shooting in police car


Radio traffic captured during an incident on Sunday afternoon in which 19-year-old Zachary Anam shot himself in the head in the back of an Austin police patrol vehicle outlines the moments just before he pulled the trigger and the ensuing effort to save his life near the corner of Fifth and Lavaca streets.

Officers can be heard trying to clear traffic from the roadway “in case of crossfire” as police tried to get Anam to drop his weapon.

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Shortly after, an officer keys up and says “shots fired,” and calls for EMS.

Another officer says he can see blood as others work to pull Anam from the vehicle.

“We’re getting him out of the car. The weapon’s been seized,” an officer says.

Other officers can be heard reporting that Anam was still breathing, and that they had started CPR.


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