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Austin officer who killed man in April shooting won’t face charges

An Austin police officer who killed a man during an April shooting in downtown Austin will not face charges, a Travis County grand jury decided Wednesday.

Austin police have said officer Armando Perez was on his patrol car on April 3 when he saw a security guard chasing Darrin Martin, 25, who was running out of an apartment building’s garage in the 500 block of West Avenue. The guard said Martin had been trying to break into vehicles, police said.

The guard tackled Martin outside Frank and Angie’s Pizzeria, where Perez caught up with the pair and tried to detain Martin, police said. Martin then pulled a handgun and shot Perez in the abdomen. Perez returned fire and fatally injured Martin, police said.

According to police reports, Perez was conscious after being shot above his right hip. Perez is still recovering from his injuries but has returned to his patrol duties, the Travis County district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Authorities have tied Martin to several thefts and previous vehicle burglaries in Hays County.

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