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Shortly after midnight on Friday, an officer and suspect were both injured in a shooting on the 3600 block of Highway 290 near I-35 in northeast Austin.
Officers responded to a call that said a victim was being followed and shot at by another driver. When the two officers arrived on the scene, they quickly found the unharmed victim in their car and began to look for the suspect, who had driven away.
Once officers found the suspect's truck on Highway 290's frontage road, they parked and got out of their car. The suspect immediately opened fire, injuring one of the officers with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was given life-threatening injuries when officers shot back, said Interim Police Chief Joe Chacon at a briefing.
Both the officer and suspect were taken to the hospital and put into surgery. While the suspect's injuries were life-threatening, he is said to be in stable condition.
The crime follows a string of violent crimes that have plagued the city in recent weeks. In response, Chacon said the department is looking to roll out a violent crime initiative, which is set to have more information as early as next week.
"I think this is emblematic of the issues that I've been talking about for the last several days about gun crime that is happening here in the city in Austin," Chacon said. "It is highly concerning to me that we have these type of incidents and people shooting at officers, we need to get this under control."
Both bodycam and car camera footage captured the crime and will be used to investigate the incident and the officers' actions. Both will be put on routine administrative leave as the investigation continues.
Chacon said that he's glad no other officers were hurt.
"It's chilling," Chacon said. "We are lucky that we don't have more people that are injured right now, particularly our officers, who in the face of this danger, displayed bravery. "
While his name has not been disclosed, Chacon described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his late 20s or early 30s. The suspect could be facing charges including attempted capital murder, Chacon said.
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A week after Texas added two congressional seats and California lost one, state officials reported a population decline in 2020 for the first time in the Golden State's history.
California fell by over 182,000 people from January 2020 to January 2021, dropping almost 0.5% to cap out at around 39.5 million people. It is still the nation's most populous state.
For over thirty years, California has seen more people leave than move in from other states, state officials said, with 6.1 million people moving out and 4.9 million coming in last year. Immigration and births kept California growing, but the state saw a shrink in international migration in 2020 due to COVID and the White House's hold on visas.
Of the steady flow of ex-Californians moving to other states, more are moving to Texas than any other state. Many are relocating to Austin, which has been labeled a "little California" by billionaire resident Elon Musk and continues to grow astronomically.
Meanwhile, California cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose and San Francisco saw a population decline.
With immigration and state migration on the decline, the Golden State was also hit with a spike in deaths- 51,000 people died from COVID in 2020, and all but seven of the state's counties saw death rates higher than the three-year average.
Still, the California Department of Finance said a "slightly positive annual growth" can be expected next year as the state recovers from COVID deaths and political repercussions.
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