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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Austin FC couldn't find the stamina to fight off a 2-0 loss against LAFC for their inaugural match on Saturday.
The match, which saw No. 21 Austin FC go head-to-head with No. 2 LAFC in Los Angeles, was broadcast nationally on FOX and FOX Deportes.
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Eleven players took the stage as Austin FC players for the first time, with five starters making their MLS debut. "Ringleader" Alex Ring took the captain's armband and wore it well. The defensive midfielder could be seen leading his teammates through their first ever match, but it wasn't enough to stage an Austin takeover in LA.
In the signature style of Head Coach Josh Wolff, the team played with quickness and intensity, nearly connecting on several fast breaks. It was harder for them to stay in front, however, something that Wolff credits with quick decision making and a tough LAFC defense.
"We have a quick attacking team, but I think when you make quick attacks and it fizzles it's just about some decision making," Wolff said. "Are we in position to finish attacks? If not, can we reestablish our attack and get stuff better?"
The club was given some generous breaks from No. 2 LAFC, who had one or both of their star DPs out for the half. While forward Diego Rossi is out for the entire match due to a hamstring injury, Carlos Vela was accidentally pulled too soon on what turned out to be a miscommunication.
"He gave us the sign that he needed to come off," LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley said on broadcast. "I can't say more than maybe it's my fault."
LA pulled some dramatics and slowly gained more possession throughout the half, but ATXFC's defense wasn't initially as shaky as it seemed in preseason. Jhohan Romana has pulled his weight in getting the ball out of goal, and a 34-year old Matt Besler held his own in center back.
As the second half commenced, however, it became clear that LAFC had the advantage over Austin's first major league team.
Goalkeeper Brad Stuver had his work cut out for him, fending off 24 shot attempts, 11 of which were on goal. He didn't have much time to prepare, either: in the first 30 seconds of play, Stuver had already made a save to keep the match 0-0.
LAFC finally connected in the 61st minute of play as Corey Baird shot one into the bottom right corner. The team capitalized off their momentum and put one past Stuver a second time, drawing roars of approval from the LAFC crowd.
While some last-minute attempts from Jon Gallagher and others were made, Austin FC didn't have the endurance to bring a tie. After seven additional minutes of stoppage time, the club lost their first match 2-0.
While the scoreboard tells one story, Wolff said that the team did well considering the skill of LAFC and the pressure of their club debut.
"We've got to be realistic," Wolff said. "This is the first time this organization has been in front of TV with an opportunity to show itself and I think there were some promising moments. And we're going to maximize those and continue to try to develop those, but there's lots to build on."
The team may have lost, but it still won the support of thousands of Verde fans, dozens of which made it to watch their team's first match. When Stuver and the team made it to bthe stadium, Los Verdes fans were already there to show support, and Stuver said his wife saw the same back in Austin.
"The moment that we pulled into the stadium, we saw Black and Verde fans cheering us on as we got to the stadium," Stuver said. "During warm up, you can just look around and see different groups sitting in different sections of the stadium and it's just truly amazing to see the support in our first game. We know that we want to give the fans everything, because this we play for the city and we play for them."