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Update: ​Former Travis County deputy charged with killing 3 in northwest Austin, victims identified

APD captures suspect of domestic violence killing Stephen Broderick. (Austin Police Department/Twitter)

This story has been updated at 3:30 p.m. Monday to include the latest information.

Stephen Broderick is facing capital murder charges after a domestic violence incident that killed three people, including his ex-wife and daughter, in northwest Austin on Sunday.

After initially being called an active shooting incident, joint local law enforcement and more than 75 FBI agents proceeded with an almost day-long manhunt with three helicopters and on-ground teams for former Travis County deputy Broderick. Police captured him after a 911 caller reported a suspicious man walking along U.S. 290, where he was taken into custody.


Police have identified the victims as ex-wife Amanda Broderick, daughter Alyssa Marie Broderick and Willie Simmons III.

When police arrived on the scene at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway, they found all three victims lying down with gunshot wounds. After life-saving measures by Austin-Travis County EMS, they were declared dead on the scene.

Police investigation revealed Amanda Broderick was meeting ex-husband Broderick for a scheduled visit with their son. The son was physically unharmed in the shooting and was placed in police custody.

A clear motive has not been revealed.

Elgin ISD released a statement offering its condolences to the families. Alyssa was enrolled until October 2020 and played on the basketball team. Simmons was a senior at Elgin High School where he was captain of the football team and had been recruited to play football at the University of North Texas.

This makes 26 homicides for 2021.

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