Man in his 50s shot to death in home invasion, suspect on the loose

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TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A home on a quiet rural road in southwest Travis County is cordoned off with yellow crime scene tape after authorities said a man was shot and killed in an apparent home invasion early Friday morning.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office was called to the home in the 9900 block of Oliver Drive around 4:45 a.m. A person inside the home called 911 stating “someone had intruded into the home and that shots had been fired.”

When deputies arrived, they found a man in his 50s dead inside the home. The other person inside the home did not appear to have any injuries.

It took a while before Travis County deputies were able to start the full investigation while they waited for a warrant to go inside the home. Deputies received the warrant around 11 a.m. Friday.

According to Kristen Dark, a spokesperson for TCSO, the county requested a warrant out of an abundance of caution and to make sure they were doing everything correct and that everything was covered. Dark tells KXAN family members are being very cooperative with law enforcement.

Dark says evidence at the scene suggests there were multiple shots fired and investigators believe the suspect may have been injured, possibly even shot, in the incident. “We do not have a suspect in custody so we have every reason to believe that we do have a suspect at large who is armed,” Dark says.

The home, which is located in between US 290 and Circle Drive, is one of only a few homes located on the street. “This is an unusual area for a call such as this,” Dark says. “This is a quiet neighborhood; we don’t get a lot of calls out here at all.”

KXAN crews on scene watched investigators take pictures of a man and woman’s hands and clothes and then deputies escorted them away. There was also a vehicle parked nearby that was towed away, deputies say the vehicle is “of interest” to the case.

Neighbors say the homeowners own Gallerie Jewelers at 3500 Jefferson St. in central Austin. A “temporarily closed” sign was placed on the door Friday. Neighboring businesses say they’re concerned about the owners, who they describe as a well-loved, friendly couple who have been in the jewelry business for more than 20 years.

KXAN spoke with someone who says he’s been friends with the victim about the same length of time, and confirmed he and his wife own Gallerie Jewelers. This friend described the victim as an awesome person and said “you can’t find anyone who would say a bad word about him anywhere.”

Authorities investigating homicide on Oliver Drive in southwest Travis County on March 2, 2018. (KXAN Photo/Ed Zavala)

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