AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is dead after being shot by Austin Police Department officers in north Austin Sunday night.
According to Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson, APD got a call around 8 p.m. that a man was threatening his wife and child with a gun inside an apartment in the 9000 block of Northgate Boulevard, between Highway 183 and West Rundberg Lane.
Henderson said officers tried to get the man to come out, but he wouldn’t. Around 8:30, officers saw the man on the balcony with the gun and fired a “less lethal” weapon at him, then he went back inside.
APD called in the SWAT team, but before it arrived, officers were worried the woman and child were in danger and entered the apartment themselves, according to Henderson.
Henderson said as officers entered the apartment, the suspect began firing a gun at the officers, who returned fire, hitting the man.
Officers tried to save the man’s life, but he died. The woman and child were able to get out of the apartment safely without any injuries, according to Henderson.
Officers’ body cameras were recording, and per APD policy, the video should be released in the coming weeks.
According to Henderson, four APD officers and one Department of Public safety trooper were involved. All APD officers were placed on administrative duty.
Two investigations will take place concurrently: an internal affairs investigation with oversight from the Office of Police Oversight, and an investigation by the Criminal Special Investigations Unit in partnership with DPS Rangers and the Travis County District Attorney.