- Staff American-Statesman staff
Man accused of killing cop booked into jail
The man accused of killing a San Marcos police officer outside his home on Monday afternoon has been booked into the Hays County Jail by proxy, and was at a Central Texas hospital Thursday under a 24-hour guard by members of the Hays County sheriff’s office.
Stewart Thomas Mettz, 51, is charged with family violence assault, injury to the elderly and capital murder of a police officer in connection with the shooting death of Kenneth Copeland, who was killed while serving a warrant at Mettz’s home on Dec. 4.
Mettz, who was also shot during the incident, was taken to the hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Jail records show he was booked into the facility on Wednesday.
He is being held without bond for the capital murder charge, and bail for the two other charges have been set at $500,000 each.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
Man critically hurt in shooting, police say
Austin police were searching for a gunman after a shooting early Thursday in Northeast Austin left one man critically injured.
Police received the first report of the shooting in the 3100 block of Lynridge Drive around 5:30 a.m. in the University Hills neighborhood, when a person called 911 to report hearing gunshots and the critically injured man turning up at the caller’s door, authorities said.
Austin-Travis County EMS medics rushed the wounded man to Dell Seton Medical Center downtown.
— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman
1 killed, 1 critically injured in crash with pole
A man died and another was critically injured when they crashed into utility pole in Northeast Austin shortly after midnight on Thursday, authorities said.
The wreck along the 3300 block of Northeast Drive near the intersection with Manor Road in University Hills, temporarily knocked out power to 60 homes in the area.
Austin-Travis County EMS described the two men in the car as in their 30s. One died at the scene of the crash while medics rushed the other Dell Seton Medical Center, authorities said.
A police spokesman told KXAN-TV that officers think the driver’s speed and the slick road led to the wreck.
— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman
Popeyes shooting leads to assault charges
A couple faces assault charges after a shooting Tuesday outside a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant on East Riverside Drive in Southeast Austin, according to court documents.
Austin police say in an arrest warrant affidavit that 29-year-old Derren Steven Desdunes and 39-year-old Rose Mary Finney came inside the restaurant around 5 p.m. and got into a fight with a customer that spilled outside.
According to the affidavit, Finney pulled a knife during the fight and Desdunes draw a black handgun and pointed it at the customer. As the man twisted his body to avoid the gun, the affidavit said, the gun went off and struck a car behind them. The document said the man took cover behind the car as Desdunes fired three more times.
Desdunes and Finney fled the scene before police arrived, the affidavit said.
The victim appeared to be familiar with Desdunes because the man told police in the affidavit “that this has been an ongoing issue with Derren pulling a gun on people.”
Desdunes and Finney face felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but Desdunes is also charged with deadly conduct with a gun. His bail was set at a combined $125,000 and Finney’s bail was set at $75,000.
Neither Desdunes nor Finney were in Travis County Jail on Thursday, jail records show.
— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman
Police looking for bank robbery suspect
Austin police are looking for a man they say robbed a Wells Fargo bank in North Austin on Wednesday.
Police say the man entered the Wells Fargo branch at the 11200 block of North Interstate 35 about 4:28 p.m. and passed a note to the teller demanding money. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. No one was reported injured in the incident.
The suspect is described as a man in his 40s or 50s, between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10 tall, and having a thin build and a beard. He was last seen wearing a blue jacket, a grey hat, blue jeans, black shoes and eye glasses, police said.
Anyone with information on the suspect or the robbery is asked to call Austin police at 512-974-5092 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. People can also submit tips using the Crime Stoppers app or the Austin PD app, available on iPhone and Android.
— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman