AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department says two officers were involved in a shooting with a man while trying to serve a warrant Tuesday in the 6100 block of Manor Road.
Chief Brian Manley gave an update on findings from the preliminary investigation Tuesday afternoon.
He said shortly after 10 a.m., Lone Star Fugitive Task Force members were trying to serve a federal warrant for arrest at an apartment complex located at 6103 Manor Road. The warrant was for a probation violation for carrying a prohibited weapon.
Manley said after some time, the task force found the suspect, identified as Deonte Rogers, in the complex courtyard. As members closed in, he said Rogers allegedly ran from them along with another person.
He reportedly ran around the complex going east toward the woods. As officers rounded the same corner, that’s when Rogers fired shots at both officers and task force members, according to Manley.
Two officers returned fire, Manley said, as Rogers reportedly fled. It’s not known if he was hit by any of the shots, but he got away after jumping a fence and disappearing into the woods.
A pistol was found in the parking lot that is believed to be the weapon Rogers reportedly used to shoot at officers. Manley stressed that it’s not known if he has other weapons or access to additional weapons, so it’s important not to approach him.
Residents can leave their homes now, but Manley said he still wants them to be on the lookout for Rogers. He is described as a black man with dreads, around 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing around 180 pounds. He’s in his early 30s and was last seen wearing a dark shirt with a design on the front and gray shorts that were below his knees.
Manley said the person Rogers allegedly fled the scene with is described as a black man wearing a black tank top and shorts.
The two officers who reportedly shot at Rogers will be placed on administrative duty, which is standard in officer-involved shootings. One officer has been with APD for 11 and a half years, and the other for nine and a half years, according to Manley.
Manley said they’ll open Manor Road shortly, but they’ll likely be investigating for hours. He said he just wants the community to be aware and call if you see someone matching the descriptions or acting suspiciously.
Additionally, multiple investigations are happening at the scene, including with Internal Affairs and the Office of Police Oversight, which are looking into the police use of force aspect. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into the shooting, because firing at a federal officer is a federal offense.
Earlier Tuesday, residents along Manor Road received voicemails and text messages from emergency personnel saying to stay indoors.
The message said authorities were working an active scene on Manor Road between Rogge Lane and Wheeless Lane, and they asked if anyone sees anything suspicious to call 9-1-1.
The incident caused the closure of a food distribution event by the Austin Independent School District and caused a lockout at Pecan Springs Elementary School.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to say that Rogers is wanted for a probation violation for carrying a prohibited weapon. He was identified as a suspect for another crime early on by the Austin Police Association.