Stabbing suspect wounded by Austin police Friday faces murder charge


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Aubrey Quentin Garrett was booked into the Travis County Jail on Monday with bail set at $1 million.

The incident in Central Austin was the first of two shootings by Austin police over three days last weekend.

A 50-year-old critically injured in an Austin police shooting last week now faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with a fatal stabbing, court documents show.

Aubrey Quentin Garrett was booked into the Travis County Jail on Monday with bail set at $1 million after police say he stabbed a woman to death in the courtyard of a Central Austin apartment complex Friday.

The attack only ended, according to an arrest affidavit, when veteran officer Alfredo Delvalle shot Garrett after he refused to obey Delvalle’s orders to drop the knife and continued to stab the woman, 43-year-old Andrea Faye Lindsey.

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The incident was the first of two shootings by Austin police officers over three days last weekend — and at least the ninth police shooting this year. Four of those shootings have been fatal.

Authorities have said that four of the people involved in the previous police shootings this year either suffered from mental illness or appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

The affidavit, made public Monday, provided new details about the bloody scene Friday morning at the two-story complex in the 5000 block of Lynnwood Street.

Garrett’s brother told police that Garrett and Lindsey had spent Thursday night at his apartment. He said he woke up early Friday to the sounds of Garrett yelling at Lindsey outside, the affidavit said.

He told officers that he went to investigate and saw Lindsey on the ground, bleeding badly as his brother stood over her with a knife, according to the affidavit. Garrett’s brother retreated into the apartment, locked the door and waited for police to arrive, the affidavit said.

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A second witness told investigators the commotion from the attack woke him up just after 6 a.m., and that he saw Garrett standing, knife in hand, over Lindsey, who was on the ground. He said the attack lasted about 30 minutes before the first police officer arrived and intervened.

According to the affidavit, Delvalle found Garrett pacing near the front door of the apartment, still holding the knife. He drew his gun and repeatedly told Garrett to drop the knife, but Garrett ignored the order, the document said.

Instead, Garrett “tossed patio furniture” and “continued the knife attack on the victim” — who was on the ground — prompting Delvalle to pull the trigger in Lindsey’s defense, police said in the affidavit.

Medics declared Lindsey dead at the scene and took Garrett to Dell Seton Medical Center for surgery.

Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said Friday that the entire incident was captured by the officer’s body camera.

Delvalle, a 23-year veteran of the Austin Police Department, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation and an internal inquiry, which is standard protocol for police shootings.

“It is obviously with great sadness that we lost someone,” Manley said shortly after the incident Friday. “But I can say, from what I understand, our officers did everything they could when they got here to put an end to the threat this suspect posed to this victim.”



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