AUSTIN (KXAN) - The man who was shot and killed by four Austin police officers late Tuesday had suffered from mental illness and had not taken his medications for several days, the man's family told Austin Police Department.
Chief Art Acevedo said Wednesday that family members of 54-year-old Herbert Babelay told officers they were concerned and had recently tried to take away the firearms he had owned.
They had found some, but could not find three guns.
"Mr. Babelay died a loved man by his family." said Acevedo. "They tried their best to get those firearms out of his hands. They did they best they could and God bless you for trying."
Acevedo also said the incident is an example of why a measure of gun control is needed.
"Police chiefs around the country support the 2nd amendment, but we are seeing firearms in the hands of criminals and the mentally ill and it is a horrible combination."
Around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, four officers were sent to the 700 block of Valdez Street after dispatchers were told someone was threatening to kill his roommate. When the officers arrived, they encountered a man with a rifle who told them to leave his property. When the rifle was pointed in the officers' direction, Acevedo said, they opened fire and killed the man
Neighbors said Thursday that Babelay was shooting rounds up in the air around 4 a.m. Tuesday.
The officers involved were identified Wednesday as Ricardo Cardona, who joined force last month; Matthew Henion, who joined in 2011; Donovan Hunter, who joined in 2012; and Nicholas Moore, who joined in 2010.
Three officers were armed with rifles. One had handgun.
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