20-year-old woman wielding knife killed by officer in Southeast Austin, police say 


A 20-year-old woman was shot and killed by an Austin police officer as she approached him with a knife in a Southeast Austin home early Thursday, interim Police Chief Brian Manley said.

The identities of the woman and the officer have not been released by authorities.

The officer, who has been with the Austin Police Department for two years, has been placed on administrative duty while concurrent criminal and internal investigations take place, which is standard protocol in police shootings.

Investigators were expected to be at the scene of shooting, a home in the 7300 block of South Glenn Street, for several hours Thursday morning.

“We don’t know what led up to the incident that occurred here,” Manley said. “She was described as being intoxicated, we believe that she assaulted some of the individuals that were in the home based on what we know right now.”

“And what’s evident on the body cameras, she does appear to be in possession of a knife, and the officers, again, gave her direction to drop that, but instead she continued in their direction,” the chief said.

For more details from Manley, and information about several 911 calls at the home before the shooting, visit MyStatesman.com

Earlier: An Austin police officer was involved in a shooting in Southeast Austin early Thursday, police said.

The incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. in the 7300 block of South Glenn Street, which is near Burleson Road and McKinney Falls Parkway, police confirmed in a tweet at 4:45 a.m.

Police said they would brief the public on additional details later in the day.

As the sun started to come up just before 6 a.m., neighbors drove by the area blocked off by police. They slowed down in their vehicles to take a peek at the commotion before driving off.

Residents on South Glenn Street stayed inside their homes as police cordoned off the area.

 

 


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