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A man has was shot and killed during an APD officer-involved shooting in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One man was killed and a woman was injured during an Austin police officer-involved shooting in the early hours of Tuesday morning.


The incident initially took place just after 12:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of Wickersham Lane.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said in a press conference that an off-duty officer was driving southbound toward his home in his personal vehicle when a car cut him off and then pointed a gun at him.

"The officer fired at the suspect at this point. Multiple rounds were fired by the officer," Manley said.

The off-duty officer then called 911 at 12:34 a.m. to report the incident and continued to follow the vehicle down Wickersham Lane in southeast Austin until the driver stopped his vehicle.

APD officers responded to the scene at 12:37 a.m. and asked the driver to get away from his car, subsequently shooting him when he reached into his back passenger side door instead. After shots were fired, it was discovered a baby was in the back seat.

"As he reaches into the vehicle, the on-duty Austin police officer fired shots at him," Manley said.

A gun was found at the scene and is believed to be the deceased driver's, who is yet to be identified.

There was also a 33-year-old Hispanic woman in the passenger seat who was struck by gunfire. According to Manley, she was transported to a local hospital where she underwent surgery and is currently in stable condition.

The officers involved have been with the department for five years and two years—Manley did not clarify which officer was on-duty or off-duty. Both are on administrative leave while an investigation is pending.

A criminal investigation will be conducted by the Austin Police Department Special Investigations Unit and will have oversight from the Travis County District Attorney's office.

There will also be an administrative investigation to determine if the actions were compliant with APD policy. It will be conducted by the Austin Police Department Internal Affairs Division and will have oversight from the Office of Police Oversight

"This is a very dynamic and unfolding investigation right now," Manley said. "There's a lot of work that will continue to be done through the early morning and through the day today."

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