Man accused of shooting at Austin police officer arrested in Leander

Louis Rhyne, 41, arrested by US Marshals Dec. 29 (US Marshals Photo)

Louis Rhyne, 41, arrested by US Marshals Dec. 29 (US Marshals Photo)

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — The Austin man suspected of shooting multiple times at an Austin Police Department officer on Christmas Eve was arrested Tuesday morning, police said.

U.S. Marshals said following an investigation, the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested Louis “Taz” Rhyne, 41, without incident at around 11:30 a.m. in the 10700 block of East Crystal Falls Parkway in Leander. He faces aggravated assault on a police officer charges, and his bond is set at $1 million.

APD said tips sent in to Capital Area Crime Stoppers helped lead to his arrest. The people who helped will be eligible for reward money offered up on Monday, when APD first identified Rhyne as the suspect.

There was a combined reward of up to $11,000 for information leading to his arrest:

  • Capital Area Crime Stoppers: Up to $1,000
  • Austin Cops for Charities: $3,000
  • Austin Police Association: $2,000
  • Greater Austin Crime Commission: $5,000

The shooting took place early on Christmas Eve morning on Hero Drive, APD previously reported. The patrol car and neighboring cars were damaged by the gunfire, but the officer was not hurt.

Rhyne has three other outstanding felony warrants, APD said, for incidents related to a burglary of a vehicle, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Louis Rhyne (Austin Police Department Photo)
Louis Rhyne (Austin Police Department Photo)

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