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.
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