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University of Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger, the brother of former quarterback and recently NFL drafted Sam Ehlinger, was found dead Thursday, according to Austin police.
Details on his death have not been released, only that it was an unsuspicious death at the 1200 block of West 22nd Street. Police showed up at the scene that was off-campus at 12:18 p.m. Thursday.
Jake Ehlinger had been attending UT since 2019 when he joined the Longhorns football team, although he didn't play the last two seasons. His brother, two years older, was already playing there as the starting quarterback. Sam Ehlinger has since been picked up by the Indianapolis Colts.
Condolences and prayers flooded in from the community, and Sam was sent home from Indianapolis to be with his family.
Six months after Austin billionaire Robert Smith reached a $140 million tax evasion settlement, two leaders at Smith's private equity firm Vista Equity Partners are stepping down, according to Bloomberg.
Senior dealmakers Alan Cline and Rob Rogers, both Austin-based senior managing directors, are stepping down from the firm. Cline will be replaced by Rachel Arnold as co-head of the Vista Endeavor Fund with René Yang Stewart, while Patrick Severson will be taking the co-head of the Vista Foundation Fund next to Marc Teillon.
Both Cline and Rogers have been with the company for around two decades, with Cline joining in 2001 and Rogers coming on in 2002. Just like Vista's founder Smith, both hail from Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Alongside his position on the Vista Endeavor Fund, Cline was on the investment committee and executive committee. Rogers was co-head of the Vista Foundation Fund and also sat on the private equity management committee. He will step down from those roles but will stay on the Foundation Fund's investment committee, a source told Bloomberg.
Vista has seen others step down after Smith agreed to pay around $140 million to settle a four-year criminal tax investigation, in which Smith managed to avoid prison time. His longtime partner, Vista president Brian Sheth, stepped down a few weeks after the scandal was made public.
Smith is the richest Black man in the nation. Years before Austin emerged as a tech hub, Smith and Sheth, a billionaire himself, relocated their main office to Austin in 2011 and invested millions in tech and software startups across the country.
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Stephen Broderick is facing capital murder charges after a domestic violence incident that killed three people, including his ex-wife and daughter, in northwest Austin on Sunday.
After initially being called an active shooting incident, joint local law enforcement and more than 75 FBI agents proceeded with an almost day-long manhunt with three helicopters and on-ground teams for former Travis County deputy Broderick. Police captured him after a 911 caller reported a suspicious man walking along U.S. 290, where he was taken into custody.
Police have identified the victims as ex-wife Amanda Broderick, daughter Alyssa Marie Broderick and Willie Simmons III.
When police arrived on the scene at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway, they found all three victims lying down with gunshot wounds. After life-saving measures by Austin-Travis County EMS, they were declared dead on the scene.
Police investigation revealed Amanda Broderick was meeting ex-husband Broderick for a scheduled visit with their son. The son was physically unharmed in the shooting and was placed in police custody.
A clear motive has not been revealed.
Elgin ISD released a statement offering its condolences to the families. Alyssa was enrolled until October 2020 and played on the basketball team. Simmons was a senior at Elgin High School where he was captain of the football team and had been recruited to play football at the University of North Texas.
This makes 26 homicides for 2021.
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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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