APD sergeant demoted two ranks for actions during April shooting

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Editor’s Note: Austin police have clarified then-Sgt. Sin responded to the incident and was directing traffic. He did not search for the suspect in the woods or discharge his weapon.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An officer who responded to an officer-involved shooting in April was demoted two ranks last week due to his actions during the incident, according to a memorandum from the Austin Police Department.

The April 28 shooting

Sgt. Okkyun Sin was one of the supervisors who responded to a report of a disturbance near the Pennybacker Bridge in April. Officers were sent to the 5200 block of Loop 360 where investigators said there was a disturbance between Carlos Manuel Dodero and his wife while they were in the car. The woman got out of her car to get away from Dodero and got into another car, police say. 

Dodero intentionally rammed the car his wife was in, according to police. She then got out and ran away. Dashcam footage shows Dodero ran up and grabbed her as she was trying to get into another car. He reportedly pinned the woman to the ground, but several bystanders came to her aid. Police said they then got calls that Dodero ran from the scene into a nearby wooded area.

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Sin was “performing law enforcement duties on the roadway,” when two officers tracked Dodero into the woods, according to APD. The man could be heard on bodycam footage saying “I have a gun, I will shoot you.” Those officers commanded him to drop his weapon multiple times but fired at the suspect. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services took him to a local trauma center with critical life-threatening injuries, where he later died.

The Austin Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office are still investigating the officer-involved shooting.

The demotion

According to the memorandum released by APD, Sin admitted he did not perform his duties in a “satisfactory manner.” They wrote that Sin violated the rules of the Austin Police Department pertaining to the requirements of duty and neglect of duty. He was demoted two ranks from sergeant to police officer.

In regard to Sin’s requirements of duty, APD said the rule he violated stated employees should not shirk from their duties in the case of danger. They also wrote that all employees must remain alert and observant while on duty.

When it comes to what APD considered a neglect of duty, it wrote that Sin showed an “unwillingness or inability to perform assigned tasks,” as well as a “failure to take appropriate actions during the occasion of a crime.”

“Sergeant Sin was subject to a two-step demotion for the failure to perform his supervisory duties in a satisfactory manner, which were primarily associated with his actions after the shots had been fired,” APD wrote to KXAN.

In addition to a demotion, Sin also agreed to a probationary period where he could face an indefinite suspension if he has a similar act of misconduct. During the probationary period, Sin is not allowed to take the Corporal promotional exam scheduled for January 2020.

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