NEW DETAILS: Man wielding pickax killed in police shooting in East Austin


8:25 a.m. update: A 46-year-old man with a pickax was killed after being shot by police in East Austin early Wednesday, Chief Brian Manley said.

Officers received a call at 4:18 a.m. in which the caller claimed he had killed his father and brother at a home in the 4800 block of Tanney Street, Manley said.

Several officers arrived at the scene at 4:23 a.m. and made contact with the caller in the street, Manley said.

According to the chief, police video shows officers issuing commands to the man to “drop the weapon” and “Please drop the pickax.”

After about 10 minutes of negotiating with the man and issuing multiple commands to disarm, officers then approached the man, Manley said.

The chief said officers first used less lethal rounds of impact munitions as the man approached the house, but he blocked them with a chair in his hand. Officers also used a stun gun, Manley said.

When the man raised his pickax against the approaching officers, the officers fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, the chief said.

No one in the house was found to be harmed, he said.

Manley said five officers were involved in shooting, including a six-year veteran, three officers who have been on the force for a year and another officer has been on the police force less than a year.

As is standard practice in every police shooting, all have been placed on administrative duty while investigations into the incident are underway.

The three officers who used less lethal rounds and the stun gun are also on administrative duty pending the investigations.

“My heart goes out, the department’s heart, the city’s heart goes out to this family,” Chief Manley said of the man’s relatives who had gathered at the scene.

“But when we respond to an incident like this, and not knowing what had happened in that house ... there was a need to get in and make sure that there had not been anyone harmed,” Manley said.

He added that it appeared that the man had left a suicide note.

Police did not release the man’s name, but members of the man’s family who had gathered outside the home identified him as Victor Ancira.

“He was a loving, caring person. He didn’t bother no one,” said Ancira’s niece, 21-year-old Samantha Chavez. “He stayed inside, he was sick. He had a disability ... we are all hurt right now.”

Earlier: Austin police responded early Wednesday to a shooting in East Austin involving an officer.

The shooting occurred in the 4800 block of Tanney Street, just off of Springdale Road. The street is blocked off between Denfield and Mark streets while authorities investigate the scene.

Police have not yet released any additional details.

This is the second Austin police shooting in a little more than two weeks. On Feb. 19, 23-year-old Thomas Vincent Alvarez was fatally shot by police after Alvarez led officers on a chase that ended at an apartment complex in the 4900 block of Edge Creek Drive.

The seven officers who opened fire on Alvarez – Matthew Henion, DeAndre Wright, Nicholas Grebhart, Benjamin Rogers, Robert Brady, Rafael Rosales and Khristof Oborski – are on administrative leave while investigations into the incident are underway.

This is a developing story; check back for details.


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