Capitol staffers expressed worries about suspect months before shooting rampage, records show


Several months before Austin police identified 29-year-old Charles Curry as the suspect in a series of random shootings that left one dead and two wounded across South Austin in mid-July, Texas Capitol staffers had expressed concerns about his mental health after he was fired from his job at state Sen. Joan Huffman’s office. 

Records from the Texas Department of Public Safety obtained by the American-Statesman show that Curry was terminated from his job in Huffman’s office on May 5, 2017.

In late March this year, DPS troopers at the Capitol exchanged emails that discussed how to deal with Curry.

Huffman’s chief of staff Wroe Jackson reached out to troopers after Curry went to the senator’s office about ten months after he was fired, the records show. 

“They feel the subject is trying to intimidate them and his actions were erratic and sometimes demanding,” an email said.

According to the email, Huffman’s staff said they would call the DPS Capitol Detail if Curry came to the office again.

Another person reported that Curry had gone to state Sen. Van Taylor’s office on March 20, and he “again made them nervous by his erratic and unstable behavior,” another email said.

Follow-up emails showed that DPS officers planned to have Curry evaluated by a mental health or crisis intervention team officer if he was seen at the Capitol again.

On March 29, Curry asked to come by Huffman’s office to review his personnel file. Huffman’s staffers asked to have a DPS trooper when Curry arrived, records show. It is unclear whether that visit took place. 

Troopers at the Capitol also had a photo of Curry that read: “Charles Curry terminated (5/5/17) Not allowed in Office (Sen. Huffman).”


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