21-year-old arrested after deadly road-rage shooting in north Austin

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a reported road rage shooting from September in north Austin.

Xzaver Griffin, 21, was arrested and charged with first degree murder Thursday after a shooting that left 39-year-old Arlen Brandon Sanchez dead on Sept. 14, according to Austin Police.

Sanchez was shot near Cameron Road and Rutherford Lane, crashing an older Cadillac into a utility pole near the intersection, court documents show. His death was ruled a homicide with the cause of death being a gunshot wound to the head.

Witnesses told police the suspect and victim appeared to be arguing with each other from their cars before shots were fired, according to court documents.

Griffin reportedly told police that he was scared of Sanchez because he had tattoos on his neck and looked “like a scary guy,” according to those documents. He also told police he had shot the man to protect himself and his friend, who was also in the car, APD reported.

As of Friday, Griffin is in custody at Travis County Jail. Bond is pending, police say.

Xzaver Griffin, 21 Photo: Austin Police Department

This was the 61st homicide in Austin, APD said. As of Dec. 2, there have been 88 homicides in Austin in 2021.

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