APA president praises officers after weekend downtown shootings

Downtown Shootings

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Association president praised officers after they worked two downtown shootings throughout the weekend.

Officers responded to a shots fired call around 2 a.m. Saturday near Sixth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. One victim was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound, according to court documents.

What started out as a physical fight between two men led to the suspect firing a round at the victim’s feet and then firing four more rounds in the victim’s direction, the documents said.

Police were able to find the suspect with the help of people who were in the area at the time and HALO cameras that police use to monitor the downtown area. The suspect ran from officers but they tackled him to the ground and arrested him. 

The suspect, Dominic Anthony Lopez, 22, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  

Another man was sent to the hospital with serious injuries after a shooting at Eighth Street and Trinity Street around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, Austin police said. 

Austin-Travis County EMS said his injuries were not life-threatening.

As of now, law enforcement is not certain of what spurred the gunshots in this incident, but officers are investigating and no arrests have been made yet.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Austin Police Association President, Ken Casaday, was quoted saying, “These George Sector Officers are doing a great job working under very dangerous circumstances. I was amazed as I worked alongside these officers last night.”

“The reason we’re worried about the downtown ones is because it has happened for the past few weekends,” Casaday told KXAN on Sunday.

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