Man killed in western Travis County home invasion identified


Man killed in home invasion ID’d

A man shot to death in western Travis County home invasion Friday has been identified as Theodore Shaughnessy, 55, of Austin, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office.

Deputies are still looking for a suspect or suspects who may have known the homeowners, said a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Authorities were alerted after a woman called 911 at 4:45 a.m. Friday to report that an intruder had entered her home in the 9000 block of Oliver Drive and multiple shots had been fired, said the release.

Detectives believe one or more intruders came inside the home, the release said. Investigators also think an intruder may have been injured based on evidence found at the scene, according to the release.

Neighbors are asked to report any suspicious behavior. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s tipline at 512-854-1444 or Crimestoppers at 512-472-8477.

Homeowners and businesses near Oliver Drive who have surveillance video of the evening of March 1 and the early morning of March 2 are asked to call the tipline. Detectives are also asking for video footage from dashcams of vehicles traveling on U.S. 290 West between Oak Hill and Dripping Springs from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. March 2.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman


2 injured in early Sunday shooting

Two men were taken to the hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries after a shooting in East Austin early Sunday, officials said.

Austin police responded about 2:30 a.m. to the 1800 block of Chicon Street just off East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Austin-Travis County EMS officials said they were responding to an unrelated medical call when they received the call about the shooting. EMS took two men, one in his 20s and another in his 30s, to Dell Seton Medical Center.

Police are still investigating the incident but do not believe there is a threat to the public.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman


Pedestrian killed in crash with semi truck

A man who was on foot was killed in a crash with a semi truck early Sunday morning on Interstate 35 in North Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Authorities said they responded about 5:30 a.m. to the southbound lanes of I-35 near Barwood Park. EMS officials said the man, who was described as in his 40s, was found dead at the scene.

In a separate incident Saturday night, a woman in her 20s was hit by a car near the 6300 block of South Congress Avenue. EMS officials took her to St. David’s Medical Center with serious injuries.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman


Person arrested after shots fired at dorm

Texas State University police arrested a non-student after shots were fired toward a university dormitory early Sunday, officials said.

Police said they responded around 3 a.m. when shots were fired from outside Angelina Hall, near Old Ranch Road 12 and West Holland Street.

No injuries were reported, and police said there is no immediate danger to campus.

— Taylor Goldenstein, American-Statesman


Car strikes, seriously injures woman

A woman was struck and seriously injured by a car Saturday night on South Congress Avenue, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.

The woman was struck at 9:23 p.m. in the 6300 block of South Congress Avenue which is near North Bluff Drive.

The victim is in her 20s and was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, according to EMS.

It is unknown whether the driver stayed at the scene. No other details were available Sunday.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman


Police: Stranger punched, choked woman

A woman was punched and choked until she passed out by a man she did not know in Northeast Austin after he falsely accused her of taking his phone, according to an arrest affidavit.

Aaron Robertson, 54, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The victim told police she was standing near a church in the 7200 block of Carver Ave. on Friday when a man — later identified as Robertson — came up to her and accused her of taking his phone, the affidavit says. The woman said she told him she didn’t take his phone, but Robertson hit her with his fist and knocked her to the ground, according to the affidavit.

It said she landed in the grass and he choked her until she passed out. When she regained consciousness she bit him on the arm and he punched her in the face two to three times before he pulled out an 18-inch knife and threatened to cut her head off, the affidavit says.

Robertson stopped the assault after a truck pulled up and the victim was able to call 911, according to the affidavit. It says police found her at the scene with injuries to her face, blood in her mouth and on her shirt and red marks on her neck.

Officers found Robertson riding a bicycle nearby but he ran away on foot as soon as he saw them, the affidavit says. Police arrested him near a hotel and found a knife on him, the document says. Robertson later told police he had assaulted the victim, the affidavit says.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

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