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Man wounded after officer-involved shooting in Southwest Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) -- - Austin Police say a 23-year-old man was taken to the hospital after being shot by officers inside a southwest Austin home Monday morning.

According to acting police Chief Brian Manley, officers were called out to the 6200 block of La Naranja Lane at 12:30 a.m. following a 911 call from a woman who said her son was threatening his father with a gun. She also said her son had additional ammunition around his neck.

Officers arrived outside the home at 12:39 a.m. and waited for back up, Manley said. At 12:41 a.m., officers heard multiple gunshots inside the home. Officers spotted the suspect coming toward the front door at 12:45 a.m. and exchanged gunfire with the man at 12:48 a.m.

"[It was] All at once, it was bam bam bam bam," a neighbor who lives around the corner from the suspect's home told KXAN.

After the suspect went back inside the house, officers gave him commands to come out without his weapon. The suspect did come out with his hands in the air and was taken into custody. Chief Manley says Austin-Travis County EMS paramedics took the man to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. APD says the man was treated and released back into the department's custody.

Officers were able to get the parents safely out of the home.

"It's just shocking," neighbor Brandy Benenate said. "I'm glad he didn't lose his life. I hope he can recover and get whatever kind of help he needs."

Many neighbors told KXAN La Naranja Lane and surrounding streets have always been quiet. They said the family involved in this shooting was a great neighbor.

Manley said two officers were put on administrative leave after shooting the suspect. One is a six-year veteran with APD and the other has been on the force for less than a year.

This is the fourth officer-involved shooting of 2018. The last one happened March 7, when a man allegedly ran at officers with a pickax. Eight officers in total were placed on administrative duty in that case, five of whom fired shots while the other three used less-lethal munitions.

All officer-involved shootings this year come as the Austin Police Department is operating without a police contract and under the state's civil service law.

Last year, KXAN reported on 7 officer-involved shootings that took 11 APD officers off the streets.

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, or CLEAT, has taken the City of Austin to court over its continued use of the police monitor without a contract. The police monitor is in charge of investigating complaints against police officers, as well as reviewing investigation and critical incidents like an officer-involved shooting.


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