Austin Police Department (APD) reveals one man is dead and woman is injured after a shooting occurred early Tuesday morning.
The shooting involved two APD officers. One of those officers was an off-duty cop. Both of these officers were uninjured. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m.
During a briefing following the incident, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley explained that an off-duty officer in his personal vehicle had turned southbound on Wickersham Lane when he noticed a vehicle that was following him. The vehicle came up alongside him when the driver, 27-year-old Alexander Gonzales, pointed a gun and the officer shot multiple rounds at the vehicle.
After that, the off-duty officer called 911 and on-duty officers arrived to find the off-duty officer pulled up behind the suspect vehicle on the curb who was yelling at the man who was driving to get out and show his hands.
On-duty officers then joined in giving instructions for Gonzales in both English and Spanish, but when he walked around to the passenger side, opened the door and reached in. That was when an on-duty officer shot and killed him.
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The woman that was in the passenger seat of the vehicle was injured from gun fire. She was transported to the hospital and is reported to be in stable condition at the time of this release. An infant child was also discovered inside the vehicle. The child was not injured but was transported to the hospital with APD Victim Services as a precautionary measure. Investigators located a firearm at the scene of this incident.
Both officers have been placed on paid Administrative Leave. The off-duty officer has been with the department for 5 years and the on-duty officer has been with APD for 2 years.
APD will conduct two concurrent investigations into this incident; one is a criminal investigation by APD’s Special Investigation Unit in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office, and the other is an administrative investigation that will be conducted by the APD Internal Affairs Unit with oversight from the Office of Police Oversight.