Cedar Park officers conducted welfare check before they were shot at

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CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar Park police say its officers were conducting a welfare check on a man last week when he started shooting at them and hit one of them in the leg.

On Feb. 12, both Joseph Bage’s sister and wife called for Cedar Park police to check in on him, according to an affidavit. One said he told her he’d shot himself.

An officer knocked on 30-year-old Bage’s door in the 2900 block of Wren Circle Park. He said he saw a man in a dark shirt through the front window and then he heard three or four gunshots, according to an affidavit. The officer scrambled for cover. 

“As he dove, he felt something hit him in the back of the left leg just below the left buttocks,” according to an affidavit. Police said at the time he had been hit by a fragment, not a bullet. His hand was also hurt as he tried to find cover.

Another officer was nearby and both tried to move away from the home when another shot rang out, hitting the windshield of a patrol car. The bullet ended up in the driver’s seat headrest, according to an affidavit.

Then they heard another shot.

More officers arrived and after a time, Bage left the home with his hands “visible and empty,” the affidavit said, adding he was “not compliant.” The affidavit did not state whether he was hurt.

When questioned by police, they say Bage told them he believed he had engaged in a gunfight at his front door with two men who had come to buy his son’s video game. Police found “multiple loaded magazines and a tactical ballistic vest with heavy plates” laid out on his bed, according to the affidavit.

Bage faces two aggravated assault against a peace officer charges. His bond is set at $200,000.

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