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Police investigating two early morning shootings after officer shoots, injures man in North Austin

Austin Police are investigating two North Austin shootings after an officer shot a man early Saturday morning. (Pixabay)

An investigation is underway after an Austin Police officer shot and injured a man off I-35 in North Austin early Saturday morning.

The man is in stable condition after being taken to a local hospital, according to Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon. APD said in a morning press conference that witnesses at the scene told police that a man on foot had shot a woman, who had already left in a vehicle.

Police responded to the scene near the intersection with St. John's Avenue at around 2:30 a.m and later found a man who matched the description in a nearby motel parking lot.

Chacon said the suspect ignored officers' demands to get on the ground and walked in between two vehicles. An officer then found himself "face to face" with the suspect and shot the man.

A gun was found at the scene after officers treated the man for his injuries.

The shooting comes after a woman was killed in another North Austin motel early Saturday morning, marking the 10th homicide of 2022.

Police were looking for a shooting suspect at the time of the officer-involved shooting, Chacon said, and are looking for connections between the two crimes.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative duty, and APD will release video footage of the incident within 10 business days.

Police have yet to find information on the suspect involved in the homicide and are asking anyone with information on the two crimes to call 911.


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