AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin Police Association has called for an investigation into information from the Byron Carter shooting investigation that was leaked to the press.
On Sunday the Austin American Statesman reported that a Citizen Review panel advised Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo that officer Nathan Wagner be fired for his involvement in the May 30 shooting of Byron Carter Jr.
Acevedo has asked for more time to investigate the shooting and Wagner remains on administrative leave. A district attorney's office grand jury will look into the case later this month.
"We are deeply concerned that the release of this information was done so in an effort to deny Officers Nathan Wagner and Jeff Rodriguez their due process as this case has yet to be heard by the Travis County Grand Jury," APA president Wayne Vincent said in a statement.
Midday Monday, Vincent spoke publicly.
"What we're asking is the city initiate some kind of investigation to get tothe bottom of this," he said. "It's not like a lot of people had this information so this can be a narrow investigation into who was given this information and from there decide who decided to leak it to the media. ... We have had leaks in the past. I will tell you this If we don't send a strong message out there that it does harm the process for our officers then they will continue and continue. ... "It's time that we take this very seriously that we issue consequences to those who would purposely go out and try to diminish the few protections that our officers have when they are going through this."
Just before 11 p.m. on May 30, Wagner and a fellow officer were investigating reports of auto burglaries near Eighth Street and Interstate Highway 35 when they saw two men casing cars, but they then lost sight of them. The officers got off their bikes to walk around and look for them.
Police at the time said the driver rammed his car into a parked Jeep, causing it to lunge forward and hit one of the police officers -- pinning the officer. Because he couldn't see his partner and thought he was stuck beneath the car, the other officer, later identified as Wagner took out his gun and started shooting at the car.
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