Argument about man touching a woman inappropriately leads to east Austin homicide

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Jeffrey Garner (APD Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An argument about a man touching another man’s girlfriend inappropriately led to a homicide at an east Austin apartment Thursday night.

Austin police arrested Jeffrey Garner, 21, on Friday in Manor.

Austin Police Department officers reported to the parking lot of the Springdale Estates Apartments located at 1050 Springdale Road around 10:11 p.m., where a victim was found with obvious trauma to the body.

Austin-Travis County EMS attempted life-saving measures, but the victim, 38 year-old James Lewis Allen Jr., was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene.

According to court documents, through the course of the investigation officers discovered that the Allen allegedly patted the woman on her buttocks.

She then called her boyfriend, “Jeffrey,” and told him about what Allen had done. That was when Garner allegedly showed up and said, “I’m her man! and fired a gun at Allen. The woman allegedly drove away in her car, while Garner ran away.

Garner allegedly has multiple felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, which would prevent him from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Garner, at last report, was in custody at the Travis County Jail.

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