Austin police have identified a man they believe got into a shootout with 21-year-old Aquantis Griffin moments before he was shot and killed by police near Sixth Street in mid-August.
Jordan Seguin, 21, faces charges of deadly conduct and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, according to arrest paperwork filed against him Thursday.
Police say Seguin was captured on public safety cameras exchanging gunfire with Griffin in an alley off Sixth and Trinity streets just after midnight on Aug. 17. Griffin was fatally shot by eight police officers shortly afterward as he ran toward them from the alley with a gun, police said.
Police officials said officers gave Griffin multiple commands to drop his weapon before they opened fire. A ninth officer also tried to use his stun gun during the incident, police said. Griffin died shortly after.
Investigators believe the shooting might have stemmed from an incident at the Terminal 6 bar, where police responded earlier in the night for reports of fights during a back-to-school concert, authorities said.
Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay said everyone in the area scattered after the shooting, which was reported in the alley shortly after the fights at the club. Police were not immediately able to make an arrest.
According to an arrest affidavit, investigators tracked Seguin down through a social media account, on which he made threatening posts they believed were about Griffin.
Detectives also recovered camera footage that showed him pull a gun from his jacket and shoot several times toward Griffin and a group of 10 to 15 people who were crowded in the alley, the affidavit said.
The footage showed Seguin leaving the area in a white car, which police traced to his girlfriend, the document said.
Seguin was arrested outside of his girlfriend’s North Austin apartment at the Domain shopping center on Aug. 24 for outstanding warrants out of Lubbock County, Austin police said.
In an interview with detectives, Seguin said he was involved in the disturbance that night and was the person in the video, the affidavit said. Two guns also were found in his girlfriend’s apartment, the documents said.
Seguin was sent to the Lubbock County Jail, where he was still being held Friday.
His charges are both third-degree felonies punishable by two and 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He had multiple felony convictions in the past, including for auto theft, the affidavit said.