Mark D. Wilson

Breaking news reporter

Mark D. Wilson is a breaking news reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. Formerly the criminal justice and public safety reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, Mark also was a staff writer for the weekly bilingual publication Conexión and for the weekly Southside Reporter. Mark is a graduate of Texas State University, where he served as a news reporter and entertainment section editor for The University Star and was recognized by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in 2012 for feature writing and contributions to an investigative series.

Latest from Mark D. Wilson

Surprised by Austin SWAT near your home? It’s for safety, police say
 When Austin police SWAT officers deploy, they can look intimidating. Team members wear beefed-up ballistic vests and armor, and carry specialized weapons beyond what average patrol officers carry. They roll into neighborhoods in armored vehicles, surround houses, block off streets, often prompting confused neighbors to call the media or seek...

Posted: 12 hours ago

When Austin police SWAT officers deploy, they can look intimidating. Team members wear beefed-up ballistic vests and armor, and carry specialized weapons beyond what average patrol officers carry. They roll into neighborhoods in armored vehicles, surround houses, block off streets, often prompting confused neighbors to call the media or seek...
BREAKING: Man, 38, wounded in North Austin shooting, police say
 Austin police responded to a shooting in North Austin on Tuesday afternoon. A police spokeswoman said officers were called out to the 10400 block of Little Pebble Drive, near Metric Boulevard, at 2:12 p.m. after receiving a call for a shooting or stabbing in the area. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old man with a gunshot wound, police...

Posted: a day ago

Austin police responded to a shooting in North Austin on Tuesday afternoon. A police spokeswoman said officers were called out to the 10400 block of Little Pebble Drive, near Metric Boulevard, at 2:12 p.m. after receiving a call for a shooting or stabbing in the area. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old man with a gunshot wound, police...
Man found dead in Canyon Lake in apparent homicide, authorities say
 Comal County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Monday morning in Canyon Lake. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were called out to check on someone in the 700 block of Rambling Drive around 7:35 a.m. They arrived to find a man dead. The sheriff’s office did not release...

Posted: a day ago

Comal County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Monday morning in Canyon Lake. According to the sheriff’s office, deputies were called out to check on someone in the 700 block of Rambling Drive around 7:35 a.m. They arrived to find a man dead. The sheriff’s office did not release...
NEW DETAILS: Barrier on U.S. 183 already damaged before 3 killed in head-on collision, officials say
 The cable barrier separating the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 183 – where police say a suspected drunken driver crossed into oncoming lanes and slammed head-on into a family of four – had been damaged just hours before the fatal crash. Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Bishop said the agency received...

Posted: 2 days ago

The cable barrier separating the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 183 – where police say a suspected drunken driver crossed into oncoming lanes and slammed head-on into a family of four – had been damaged just hours before the fatal crash. Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Chris Bishop said the agency received...
Austin police union OKs contract terms; pact needs city council approval
 The votes are in, and the union for Austin’s police officers has decided to approve a proposed five-year employment contract with the city. The proposed deal, approved by 85 percent of the union members, now goes to the Austin City Council, which will decide whether to implement it or scrap it. The proposal would raise officers&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

The votes are in, and the union for Austin’s police officers has decided to approve a proposed five-year employment contract with the city. The proposed deal, approved by 85 percent of the union members, now goes to the Austin City Council, which will decide whether to implement it or scrap it. The proposal would raise officers&rsquo...
BREAKING: Third family member involved in suspected drunken driving crash has died, relatives say
 A man who was gravely injured in a crash that killed his wife and son last weekend died Friday morning after being taken off life support, a family member told the American-Statesman. Scott Latulippe, 41, was a passenger in a Fiat 500 headed south in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard on Saturday afternoon when suspected drunken driver...

Posted: 5 days ago

A man who was gravely injured in a crash that killed his wife and son last weekend died Friday morning after being taken off life support, a family member told the American-Statesman. Scott Latulippe, 41, was a passenger in a Fiat 500 headed south in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard on Saturday afternoon when suspected drunken driver...
Austin police seek info from public on crash that killed mom, teen on U.S. 183
 Austin police detectives are trying to piece together the events that led up to a head-on collision on U.S. 183 last Saturday that left two dead and two injured. Police said 41-year-old Guy Brasted was headed north in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard, a stretch of the highway where the north and southbound lanes are separated by steel...

Posted: 5 days ago

Austin police detectives are trying to piece together the events that led up to a head-on collision on U.S. 183 last Saturday that left two dead and two injured. Police said 41-year-old Guy Brasted was headed north in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard, a stretch of the highway where the north and southbound lanes are separated by steel...
State alcohol regulators investigating death of Texas State student
 The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating the death of a 20-year-old Texas State University student who was found dead on Monday after a fraternity event the night before. Sophomore Matthew Ellis was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m. at the off-campus Millennium Apartments, according to San Marcos police. “This is an incredibly...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating the death of a 20-year-old Texas State University student who was found dead on Monday after a fraternity event the night before. Sophomore Matthew Ellis was pronounced dead at 12:28 p.m. at the off-campus Millennium Apartments, according to San Marcos police. “This is an incredibly...
Former Austin fire lieutenant charged with recording woman in locker room
 Police have issued an arrest warrant for a former Austin Fire Department lieutenant accused using a spy camera to film a female firefighter in the showers at a fire station in downtown Austin in September. James William Baker II, 52, faces a charge of invasive visual recording, a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in jail...

Posted: 6 days ago

Police have issued an arrest warrant for a former Austin Fire Department lieutenant accused using a spy camera to film a female firefighter in the showers at a fire station in downtown Austin in September. James William Baker II, 52, faces a charge of invasive visual recording, a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in jail...
Cornyn backs bill to improve reporting on background checks after church shooting 
 U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined seven other senators on Thursday to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at improving compliance with existing requirements for reporting background checks on firearms purchases. The Fix NICS Act penalizes federal agencies that fail to report relevant records to the proper authorities, while encouraging...

Posted: 6 days ago

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined seven other senators on Thursday to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at improving compliance with existing requirements for reporting background checks on firearms purchases. The Fix NICS Act penalizes federal agencies that fail to report relevant records to the proper authorities, while encouraging...
NEW DETAILS: Teens killed in fiery crash on Riverside Drive were racing, Austin police say
 Austin police say two teens who died when their car caught fire after crashing into a pole on Riverside Drive on Saturday were racing. Anderson Palma-Rodriguez, 18, was racing another vehicle in the 6500 block of East Riverside Drive near Montopolis Drive just before 6 p.m. when he lost control of his car and slammed into a billboard post...

Posted: 6 days ago

Austin police say two teens who died when their car caught fire after crashing into a pole on Riverside Drive on Saturday were racing. Anderson Palma-Rodriguez, 18, was racing another vehicle in the 6500 block of East Riverside Drive near Montopolis Drive just before 6 p.m. when he lost control of his car and slammed into a billboard post...