AUSTIN (KXAN) - A man who was shot at by a police officer during a traffic stop Wednesday morning suffered a panic attack and required hospitalization, authorities said. He was not struck by gunfire.
The shooting happened in the 3300 block of East 12th Street, spurred by a traffic stop near the intersection Airport Boulevard and 12th Street.
Police said the pickup truck was stopped at the intersection and headed east on 12th Street, going through the intersection illegally.
That's when a patrol unit behind the truck pulled over the driver.
Once the truck stopped, the driver got out and walked to the police car. After repeated instructions to get back in the truck, the man allegedly made what Chief Art Acevedo called a "furtive movement."
The officer reportedly believed the driver was reaching for something, and that's when the officer fired at him but missed.
The man then got back into the truck and got the anxiety attack. Emergency crews took him to the hospital, and officials said they found no weapon.
The officer, a four-year veteran, was taken to the police substation and placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure.
Acevedo offered some recommendations after Wednesday morning's shooting, saying people should not get out of their car -- for both the driver's and officer's safety.
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