Man dies after found with gunshot wound in east Austin, APD considering it suspicious

Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are investigating what they say is the first homicide of 2021 after a man was shot and killed early Monday morning in east Austin.

The shooting happened in the 7300 block of Grand Canyon Drive, but police were called to help out the shot man, 31-year-old Matthew Bocard, on the eastbound frontage road of U.S. Highway 290 and Springdale Road at 1:42 a.m. Bocard died at 2:06 a.m.

APD public information officer David Mozley the victim and his girlfriend traveled from Grand Canyon Drive to the 8300 block of Springdale Road near US 290. According to the shortest route between the two spots provided by Google Maps, the locations are about three miles apart. Investigators have processed evidence at both locations, APD said.

APD said it does not yet know the motive for the shooting.

Mozley said the two aren’t from Austin, and the girlfriend is cooperating with the ongoing investigation. There’s no threat to the public and it’s an isolated incident, Mozley said.

Police are asking any witnesses to come forward, and Crime Stoppers is offering its standard $1,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest. People can call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email homicide.apd@austintexas.gov, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or use the Crime Stoppers app.

  • A man was found dead with a gunshot wound near the intersection of U.S. Highway 290 and Springdale Road early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)
  • A man was found dead with a gunshot wound near the intersection of U.S. Highway 290 and Springdale Road early Monday morning. (KXAN photo/Julie Karam)

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