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Teen dies in Sixth Street 'gun battle' involving an APD officer

A teenager died in a Sixth Street officer-involved shootout early Saturday morning.

The Austin Police Department is investigating an officer-involved "gun battle" on Sixth Street that left one 17-year-old dead early Saturday morning.

APD officers were responding to a DWI call a block away when they heard gunshots in the entertainment district at around 1 a.m. The officers arrived to find two groups of men shooting at one another. An officer began firing gunshots as well.

A 17-year-old Black male was left with critical injuries and taken to the hospital, where police say he died at some point in the morning. It has not been determined whether the teen died from officer-fired bullets or from the other group involved in the shooting.

Per APD policy, the officer has been put on administrative leave as an investigation continues. Two people believed to be involved were detained minutes after the shootout and a gun has been located.

This is the sixth officer-involved shooting in Austin this year, according to KVUE. The Sixth Street crime also comes after a series of shootings in the area, including a mass shooting that killed one and injured 13 others earlier this year.

Police Chief Joseph Chacon, who says gun violence is a large culprit for the city's uptick in crime, said that the department is continuing to work to eliminate gun crime with its gun violence prevention program.

"I continue to tell people if you're coming downtown, please enjoy the entertainment district, please enjoy it safely, and please don't bring a firearm," Chacon said in a media briefing.

The city is also working to make Sixth Street safer, installing brighter LED bulbs in 64 light fixtures on the street and planning other measures with their "Safer Sixth Street" resolution.

Body cam footage was captured in the moments that the officer fired the weapon, according to Chacon. The police chief also requested that anyone with information on the shooting call 911 or the Crimestoppers tipline at 512-472-8477 as they continue their investigation.


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