Suspect arrested in connection with east Austin homicide

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have arrested a suspect in connection to a homicide Wednesday night at the corner of Airport Boulevard and Gunter Street in east Austin.

Austin Police Department says officers responded to a 6:42 p.m. call reporting a shooting in the 1100 block of Airport Boulevard, where victim Darnell E. McClain, 37, was pronounced dead at 7:13 p.m. despite life-saving measures by Austin-Travis County EMS.

(KXAN/Juan Salinas Jr.)

APD says officers arrived so quickly — within two and a half minutes — and were able to stop and arrest the suspect, Adrian Whitley, 43, where he was reportedly still at the scene and hiding behind a vehicle.

Officers also retrieved the gun reportedly used in the shooting.

APD says it’s possible both McClain and Whitley were in the same vehicle and it’s believed the incident is isolated between the two men.

The Travis Co. Medical Examiner’s office will now conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death.

If you have any information or video of the incident, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at (512) 974-TIPS.

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