Affidavit: Man arrested for shooting in officers’ direction in March


Austin police arrested Friday morning a 22-year-old man accused of shooting in the direction of police officers and pedestrians in East Austin last month.

Courtney Organ is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer. He is in custody at Travis County Jail with bail set to $25,000.

Four officers were conducting a traffic stop investigation when they heard gunfire near a Shell gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Chicon Street, according to an arrest affidavit.

One officer saw two people running from the gas station’s parking lot and ordered them to stop and raise their hands. At that point, the officer heard a large volley of gunfire aimed in his direction and dropped to the ground, the affidavit says.

The officers said they believe Organ was shooting at one of the two men who were running from the parking lot, and that he was aware that officers were in the line of fire. Other people were also in the parking lot, the affidavit says.

Investigators connected Organ to the crime using surveillance footage and the license plate on his car, which he tried to use to flee, but it stalled out, the affidavit says.



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