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Officers involved in shooting with baby in car identified, along with two others in separate incident
The Austin Police Department has identified four officers in two separate incidents involving use-of-force in January.
APD has named two officers from each incident for using a stun gun or a firearm to apprehend a suspect, including the person shot and killed with a baby in the back of the car, according to a press release on Thursday.
In the Jan. 4 incident, police arrived at the Springhill Suites in North Austin to apprehend a subject who barricaded himself in one of the rooms. Only after officers were able to get Dylan Polinski out of the room did officer Javier Rodriguez, with two years of service, shoot him in the leg. Kamowa Reynolds, also with two years of service, used a stun gun as well.
Polinski did not sustain life-threatening injuries and was able to be treated and taken to Williamson County for an outstanding warrant.
One day later, on Jan 5. two different officers responded to a call about a road rage incident where a man, Alexander Gonzales, allegedly cut off and pointed a gun at an off-duty APD officer. The officer then shot his gun, followed Gonzales and called for backup.
Once officers arrived, Gonzales had been stopped on Wickersham Lane, where he was shot standing outside of his car and reaching into the back seat, where there was an infant in a car seat.
Gabriel Gutierrez, who has been with APD for 5 years, has been named as the off-duty officer who fired his weapon and Luis Serrato, who has two years of service, has been identified as the responding officer who fired his weapon, killing Gonzales.
The incidents are both undergoing investigation. The videos of each incident should be released by March 5, the 60-day deadline APD policy requires.
More on the Jan. 5 incident:
Police have arrested one of two suspects involved in a mass shooting at Austin's Sixth Street in the early morning hours on Saturday, leaving 14 people injured and two in critical condition.
The arrest was made by the Austin Police Department and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. One suspect is still at large.
Police started receiving 911 phone calls at 1:24 a.m about a man that fired shots into a large crowd, and responded to a chaotic scene on the 400 block of East Sixth Street. Detectives are surveying video footage captured by bystanders and cameras on the scene to identify the suspect.
The Austin Police Department has narrowed down their search to two male suspects and believes there was "some type of disturbance" between the two parties.
No deaths have been reported. Fourteen victims are receiving treatment in a hospital in stable condition with one treated in an emergency room; two are in critical condition.
According to Interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon, "almost all" of the victims are innocent bystanders but police have not ruled anyone out at this time.
Shooting on 6th Street Austin Texas 6-12-2021 (Aftermath) youtu.be
The shooting occurred on the weekend of the Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally. With lots of people downtown, police say it was difficult to get EMS in and out of the scene. Police arrived while the scene was still an "active threat," officers "immediately began lifesaving measures" and drove six victims to the hospital in their squad cars, said Chacon, and four were transported in ambulances.
Chacon said that the incident is believed to be isolated, and they optimistic they will be successful in getting the two suspects into custody. Multiple departments, including APD, the FBI, Texas DPS and the ATF, are involved in the investigation.
Austin police are also requesting state troopers for patrol assistance in the coming days. Chacon stressed staffing issues are increasingly making responding to emergency calls "very hard."
"Overall, we remain a safe city," Chacon said. "Also keep in mind when you come downtown, you need to be safety conscious. Be vigilant of your environment and your surroundings."
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in which 49 were killed and 53 wounded in Orlando, Florida. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 911 or 512-472-TIPS.
This story was updated at 2:47 p.m. to include new information and will be updated as more details are revealed.
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Austin police are investigating a homicide in North Austin where a woman was shot and killed, just hours after a mass shooting in Downtown Austin hospitalized 14 people.
APD is working a suspicious death near the 1900 block of W Rundberg Ln. PIO is en route and will update with media staging location. PIO6
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) June 12, 2021
Police originally responded to Ironhorse Flats Apartments, 1900 block of W. Rundberg Lane, at 3:20 p.m. when they found the woman with multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m.
No one is in custody as of yet but police are speaking with potential witnesses. Officials said they believe this was an isolated incident with no danger to the public but said possible relation to the downtown shooting has not been specifically ruled out.
Officers could not provide a suspect description and the relationship to the victim is still unknown.
This is a developing story that will be updated as details become available.
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