Austin police Chief Art Acevedo said there will be a thorough investigation after an Austin police officer fired at an unarmed man who approached him during a traffic stop in East Austin on Wednesday morning.
At 7:51 a.m., the officer stopped the driver of a pickup going east on East 12th Street after seeing the truck run a red light, Acevedo said. The driver — a 54-year-old man who police did not name Wednesday — pulled over just west of Airport Boulevard. Acevedo said the officer reported that the man ignored orders to get back into his vehicle and made several furtive movements, as if reaching for something, such as a weapon.
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