Suspect accused of shooting toward Austin police officers in drive-by

Crime

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are asking for the public’s help to find a suspect accused of firing multiple shots in the direction of an Austin police officer in a drive-by Saturday morning.

A release from the department says an alleged suspect, described as a Black man in his mid 20s or 30s, was driving a 2014-2020 Chevrolet Impala. The passenger, who police believe is the shooter, is described as a Black man also in his mid 20s or 30s with a short fade haircut.

Police believe a suspect accused of shooting in the direction of APD officers was in this vehicle. (Photo: Austin Police Department)

APD says the officer was not hit by gunfire or injured in the shooting that happened on the 700-900 blocks of Bedford Street, which is near Webberville Road in the area of Austin Community College’s Eastview campus.

The officer was responding to another call in the area around 2 a.m. when the incident happened, police said.

He saw the muzzle flashes and heard the shots from a black Chevrolet Impala that was about 50 yards away, according to police.

Witnesses nearby corroborated reports of the shooting. Multiple casings were recovered at the scene.

Police are now looking for the two men who were inside the Impala. APD’s violent crimes unit is investigating the incident as an aggravated assault against an officer.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact APD at 512-472-TIPS.

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