$1,000 reward offered for information leading to arrest of suspect who killed Austin man


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police have identified a man who was killed in north Austin Friday night.

A release from the Austin Police Department sent Saturday said 38-year-old Jose Francisco Galeano Antunez was found with a gunshot wound after reports of multiple shots fired.

The Austin Police Department said it happened around 6:55 p.m. in the 500 block of Carpenter Avenue. That’s in a neighborhood off North Lamar Boulevard.

APD said Austin-Travis County EMS attempted life-saving efforts but Antunez was pronounced dead at 7:11 p.m.

The information gathered so far by police indicates two men in a maroon sedan were traveling down Carpenter Avenue when they stopped and offered to sell Antunez and his friends some marijuana. When they declined, the suspects reportedly drove around the corner, but then seconds later, they approached the group from behind and tried to rob them. Police said one of the alleged suspects was armed.

That’s when a fight broke out, and the victim was shot.

Police said neither the victim nor the witnesses knew the suspects, who are described as a six-foot-tall black man with a thin build, last seen wearing a wine colored sweatshirt and the other, a black man about five-foot-seven-inches tall, heavy set with a lighter skin tone, and last seen wearing a white or light-colored short sleeve shirt.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of Antunez’ death.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call APD’s homicide tip line at (512) 974-8477.

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