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Teen killed in 'gun battle' involving an APD officer on Sixth Street identified

Michael "Mikey" Carothers has been identified as the teen who was killed in an officer-involved Sixth Street shooting on Friday.

The 17-year-old who died from gunshot wounds in an officer-involved "gun battle" on Sixth Street Friday has been identified as Michael 'Mikey' Carothers, according to the Austin Police Department.

Police were responding to a DWI call a block away when they heard gunshots in the entertainment district at around 1 a.m on Friday. The officers arrived to find two groups of men shooting at one another, and an officer that has been identified as four-year APD veteran Glenn Vargas began firing gunshots as well.

Carothers was found about 90 seconds later with critical injuries and was given life-saving measures by the APD Counter Assault Strike Team Rescue Task Force before succumbing to his injuries in the hospital.

One suspect was detained after both groups ran from police shortly after the shooting, and a handgun was later found at the scene.

It is unclear whether Vargas' bullet killed Carothers, but per protocol, Vargas has been placed on administrative leave. Body cam footage was captured in the moments that the officer fired the weapon as the department begins its early stages of the investigation. Police Chief Joseph Chacon recently shortened the time required to release body cam footage, and the department said it is working to release the footage to the public within 10 business days via a live-streamed press conference.

APD is hoping to find more video evidence and said anyone with information on the shooting can call 512-472-TIPS, or use the Crime Stoppers App.

Carothers was remembered as "the sweetest soul" by friends and family via Facebook after the shooting.

A GoFundMe has been set up by the best friend of Carother's mother in order to pay for funeral expenses. Just over $1,500 has been raised as of Wednesday morning.


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