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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.


Comedy, live music, McConaughey Q&A: Events in Austin this weekend

💈 Finley’s Pop-up Barbershop

Experience luxury grooming the old-fashioned way at a revival of the Driskill Hotel’s early 1900s barbershop put on by Austin-based Finley’s. The pop-up will offer men’s haircuts, beard trims, hot towels, neck massages and straight razor shaves. Click here to book an appointment.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday | The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.

😂 Moontower Comedy Presents Hannah Gadsby

Catch veteran Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby touring with her newest show, “Body of Work,” written while she pondered the effects of the pandemic. Tickets are still available in the orchestra section, starting at $60.

Doors at 6 p.m. Friday | The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.

🎤 Rex Orange County Who Cares? Tour

Alexander James O'Connor, AKA Rex Orange County, is returning to Austin to perform his newest album, “Who Cares?” Tickets are still available starting at $49 each.

Doors at 7:30 p.m. Friday | Germania Insurance Amphitheater, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd.

⚾️ Round Rock Express vs. El Paso Chihuahuas

Catch our local Minor League team play against the El Paso Chihuahuas at home this week. Tickets start at $22.

Starting 7:05 p.m. Friday | Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd.

🎶 Bleachers—The 2022 Tour

Enjoy a night of indie-pop from Grammy-winning producer Jack Antonoff, whose stage name is Bleachers, from the intimacy of Stubb’s. Tickets are still available starting at $33.

Starting 7:05 p.m. Saturday | Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River St.

🎸 The Peterson Brothers with Latasha Lee

Catch the groovy, Bastrop-born brothers are taking their rightful place on stage with soulstress Latasha Lee at Antone’s. Arrive early, seating fills up quickly! The show is 21+ and tickets start at $15.

Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday | Antone's Nightclub, 305 E 5th St.

🤠 Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey Q&A

Famous former Longhorns Emmanuel Acho and Matthew McConaughey are joining forces for a Q&A about catching greenlights and living a limitless life. Each ticket will get the holder a copy of Acho’s new book, “Illogical: Saying Yes to a Life Without Limits.” Tickets are $39 per person.

1:15 p.m. Sunday | LBJ Auditorium, 2313 Red River St.

⚽️ Austin FC vs. Orlando City

Austin FC is facing off against Orlando City at the biggest party in Austin, Q2 Stadium. Tickets are still available starting at $65 but ticketless Verde fans can still support at one of the many Pub Clubs.

7 p.m. Sunday | Q2 Stadium, 10414 Mc Kalla Pl.

Austin FC wins big! Team makes history, takes No. 1 spot in 2-1 LAFC win

Over a year after its first loss, Austin FC was all smiles as it beat LAFC to take home the top MLS West spot Wednesday. (Austin FC/Twitter)

Over a year after they took the stage for the first time in Los Angeles, Austin FC returned to Banc of America Stadium to snatch the No. 1 spot from LAFC in a 2-1 statement win late Wednesday night.

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