Man accused of assaulting mother before police shootout identified

Craig Anthony Carter

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man accused in a shootout with police was identified Monday as 27-year-old Craig Anthony Carter. Carter, who suffered gunshot wounds, is still in the hospital but he has been charged with attempted capital murder and aggravated assault. 

Around 7:05 a.m. Friday, police received a 911 call about a man walking with a gun through an apartment complex on 7630 Wood Hollow Dr. Less than 30 minutes later, another 911 call came from 4703 Chiappero Trail about a man cursing and a woman screaming and saying “you’re hurting me,” according to an affidavit. 

Police found the woman who told them Carter, her son, had assaulted her, forced her to her knees and pointed a gun at her. She described his car for them and officers found it nearby and tried to stop it. According to an affidavit, Carter sped off and led them on a chase. He wove around slow cars and hit one, causing minor damage, the affidavit said.

Officers eventually stopped him with a PIT maneuver at the intersection of Spicewood Springs Road and Mesa Drive. “Immediately following, Carter emerged from the driver’s side door and fired at officers. Officers returned fire,” the affidavit said. Witnesses recalled hearing them yell at Carter and tell him to drop the gun. Carter was hurt and collapsed near his car after trying to run away.

Police found a Ruger Security 9MM handgun and two magazines nearby. Chief Manley said Friday police had prior encounters with Carter, and neighbors told KXAN they have had run-ins with him.

Both of the officers, Kendrick Witt and Douglas Trahan, who fired at the suspect have been placed on paid administrative duty. Both officers have been with the department vie yars.

Both APD and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating.

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