Police asking for help identifying suspects in north Austin homicide


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are searching for two suspects after a man was shot and killed at a north Austin apartment complex early Monday morning. It is the second deadly shooting at the complex in less than two weeks.

(KXAN/Richard Bowes)

Police say multiple people called 911 just before 1 a.m. to say they heard gunshots at the Galewood Gardens Apartments on Galewood Drive, north of U.S. Highway 183 and Payton Gin Road.

According to APD, first responders found Matthew Jarrett Lee, 30, severely injured in the complex’s parking lot. Police say a Good Samaritan and paramedics tried to save him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:26 a.m.


Police say there are two suspects in the shooting. They say one is Emilio “Lelo” Ortiz, 26, and the other is a 25-year-old Hispanic female, who they have not named.

Ortiz is believed to be in the Rundberg area.

Police believe the shooting was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public.

People who live in the area expressed concerns about safety issues at Galewood Gardens Apartments.

On September 12th, another man was shot and killed at the complex. Police have made an arrest in that shooting.

Officers say they’ve been working closely with the apartment complex, which is recently under new management.

“There have been two homicides here in a very short time, but that relationship with us and the management and with more people calling in about issues, the more people call in, the better we can become about being proactive and being in the area,” said Austin Police Corporal William Costello.

KXAN tried to ask apartment managers whether they’re doing anything to make the complex safer, but a spokeswoman said they would not make any comment.

Meanwhile, detectives have been interviewing witnesses following Monday’s shooting, and they’re asking anyone else with information, photos or videos, to either email APD at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov, call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + a message to CRIMES.

Following the Sept. 10 shooting, police say they were building a partnership with the apartment management.

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