AUSTIN (KXAN) - Police Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday that the officer who fired on a man suspected of trying to run him over with a stolen car could have been seriously hurt if he had not acted.
"An officer has a right to self-defense," Acevedo said the morning after Officer Brandon Blanch shot and gravely wounded a suspect wanted on several charges. It absolutely appears he was defending himself from an assault in progress.
"I will never deny an officer's right to defend himself."
The suspect, identified as Maurice Chad Paladino, 42, was gravely wounded and remained in the hospital Wednesday.
The officer was placed on administrative leave, which is routine.
According to police accounts, the shooting happened just after 8:40 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Country Garden Inn in the 3000 block of South Interstate 35 near Woodward Street.
Police said an officer patrolling the area spotted a car that was stolen from a dealership on South Congress around 5:30 p.m. The officer was able to verify that the car he was looking at was a match for the stolen one.
While the officer was in the hotel parking lot, he spotted the possible suspect on the second level of the hotel balcony. The officer fired as the car was driving towards him, police said. Both dashboard cameras were active during the incident, police said.
According to police, Paladino has a total of 16 warrants out for his arrest -- one of which was for resisting an arrest two months ago.
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