An Austin police officer is injured after a shooting in the 500 block of West Avenue. APD says a suspect involved in the shooting died at the scene.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says the suspect opened fire on the officer during a struggle in the parking lot of Frank & Angie's Pizzeria. The officer immediately returned fire, striking the suspect.
According to police, the entire incident was captured on dash cam.
APD Chief Art Acevedo tweeted that the officer is in stable condition.
Our officer is in stable condition after sustaining gunshot wound. Suspect is deceased at scene.— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) April 3, 2016
Officer involved shooting 500 block of West Avenue please pray for our officer, his family, colleagues & all involved witnesses.— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) April 3, 2016
Prior to the shooting, a security guard for a business in the 800 block of West 5th Street was monitoring his security cameras when he noticed the suspect in the parking lot. The suspect, a white male, was burglarizing and breaking into vehicles.
The security guard left his desk and attempted to make contact with the suspect before entering a foot pursuit.
According to Acevedo, the foot pursuit continued on West Ave. The APD officer, who was on patrol and had just finished responding to another call, rounded the corner and saw the chase.
The APD officer requests back up and follows the chase to the parking lot of Frank and Angie's.
The security guard knocks the suspect to the ground twice as the officer caught up. The APD officer attempted to help the security guard control the suspect who is struggling and not complying. The security guard and officer continue to struggle with the suspect and that is when the guard notices the suspects gun.
That's when shot rang out.
According to Acevedo, the suspect pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and fired one shot at the APD officer below his vest in the lower abdomen. The officer immediately returned fire, striking the suspect.
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Acevedo says that the officer is surrounded by family and friends at the hospital and is in good spirits. The bullet has been removed and he is in stable condition.
Per APD protocol, the officer has been placed on paid, administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Neither the officer or suspect have been identified at this time, as the suspect has only been described as a white man in his 30’s.
Acevedo says this incident has nothing to do with Texas Relays in town.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.