Officers kill man who broke into house, shot at police, officials say


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The man broke into a Central Austin home around 3:40 a.m. Friday, officials said.

Police say when officers confronted him, he shot at them.

Austin police shot and killed a man early Friday after he broke into a Central Austin home and shot at two officers who confronted him, officials said.

When the man entered the home at the 4500 block of Avenue G, police said, the residents hid in a closet and called 911 about 3:40 a.m. The man fired his weapon inside and outside the home, but he didn’t make contact with the residents, police said. It was unclear whether he had a target, they said.

Two officers arrived about four minutes after police received the call and parked several houses away, officials said.

“As they were approaching the residence, there was an individual that was about to leave the residence in a vehicle,” Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay told reporters Friday. “The officers gave commands, they announced, ‘Austin Police Department,’ they told the individual to stop and show their hands. At that time, the suspect shot at the officers.”

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One of the officers shot back, injuring the man, Gay said. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services pronounced the man dead after the EMS crews arrived, he said.

Authorities did not identify the man Friday.

Dena Childs, who lives in the neighborhood, said she heard what sounded like gunfire in the early morning.

“It seemed unusual,” she said when describing the commotion. The neighborhood is normally quiet, especially at night, she said.

Childs said that after the shooting she plans to review with her son how to be safe when out at night, but beyond that, she isn’t planning to make drastic changes.

“I’m concerned,” she said, “but not so concerned that I’m going to change my behavior.”

The officer who fatally shot the man is on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues, which is the standard procedure, a spokeswoman with the Austin Police Department said.



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