Three Austin police officers shot a man wielding an assault rifle Friday at his North Austin home after the man and his wife struggled over the weapon, Austin police said. Before police arrived, an apparent stray bullet struck a neighbor in the leg, police said.
Assistant Chief Raul Munguia said both men were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition. Police did not identify either man, or the three officers, who have been put on administrative leave pending an investigation, which is routine after officer-involved shootings.
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Austin officer-involved shootings in the past year
Aug. 31: Officer Shane Cunningham shot and injured Miguel Macias during a confrontation when police said Macias and another man were burglarizing a North Austin business. The case is under police investigation.
July 26: Detective Charles Kleinert fatally shot Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. after a pursuit and struggle. Police have said they believe Jackson was at a bank to commit fraud. The case is awaiting grand jury presentation.
May 17: Officer Robert Barger shot at Mark Guard at a Northeast Austin apartment. Guard wasn’t injured. Police said Guard pointed a gun at a neighbor and later at arriving officers. The case is awaiting grand jury presentation.
April 23: Four officers fatally shot Herbert Babelay during a confrontation at his East Austin home after officials say he pointed a rifle at officers responding to reports of a suicidal man. The case is awaiting grand jury presentation.
March 1: Officer Jonathan Whitted shot and killed John Schaefer outside his North Austin home after police say Schaefer refused to surrender his gun and pointed it at Whitted. The case is awaiting grand jury presentation.
Oct. 20, 2012: Officer Robert Krummel shot at, but missed hitting, a woman who officials say he thought was going to ram him with her car on Sixth Street. Police later said she was fleeing an unruly crowd. The case is awaiting grand jury presentation.