AUSTIN (KXAN) - Three police officers fired and hit a suspect that aimed his gun towards them on Friday afternoon near Cook Elementary school near Metric Boulevard and West Braker Lane.
The school was placed on lockdown around 3:45 p.m., as a precaution but no one there appeared to be in danger. The lockdown was lifted by 4:10 p.m
Neighbors said police were called after shots were fired in the neighborhood around 10307 Quail Ridge Drive. A person at that address had been shot by a stray bullet, according to police.
Officers then noticed a man and woman, believed to be husband and wife, fighting over a gun on Cripple Creek Drive. The man then aimed his gun at police, according to APD. Three officers then fired at the man, striking him in the torso.
Police cordoned off a wide section of the neighborhood and the man who was fired at was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. His name was not released.
"Everybody that didn't get hit by a stray bullet was extremely lucky today," said Joel Mitchell, who lives in the area and heard the gunshots. "This was a terrible event and it could have been a lot worse."
The three officers, with experience ranging from 2-19 years, were placed on administrative leave during during the investigation.
It was the eighth officer-involved shooting of 2013. The most recent was on Aug. 31 after a police chase that started when a burglary was reported at Johnson Supply on Neils Thompson Drive in North Austin. One person was shot and survived. He and another man were arrested.
On July, Larry Jackson Jr. was shot and killed after being chased by Detective Charles Kleinert, who was investigating a bank robbery. Jackson was not a suspect in the burglary and his family has filed a lawsuit against the city.
In 2012, there were four Austin police officers involved in shootings and the year before there were five. Eight police shootings is the highest in Austin in at least five years.
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