AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who police say assaulted his mother and led police on a chase is in the hospital after he was shot by police officers at the corner of Spicewood Springs Road and Mesa Drive Friday morning.
Police say the original disturbance call came in at 7:38 a.m. from a home in the 4700 block of Chiappero Trail, which is off 45th Street, for a person with a gun, but the shooting didn’t happen until more than an hour later.
Neighbors say they have had run-ins with the suspect before and, in the last five years, his behavior seemed to change.
“I’d had previous incidents with the young man in that house,” said Raul Madrid, who has lived across the street for 20 years.
Police believe the 27-year-old white man knocked on his mother’s door, pointed a gun, demanded she get on her knees and assaulted her. He then went down the street, slashed the tires on a neighbor’s vehicle and then took off his own car.
“As officers were on the way to the scene, the 911 operator could hear in the background a woman stating ‘that you’re hurting me,'” says Police Chief Brian Manley.
Madrid said he heard the screams coming from the house and saw the young man with a gun. He rushed back inside his house and dialed 911.
“I heard the woman really start screaming in a really scared manner,” Madrid said. “Then I heard some sort of pop. I don’t know if it was a gunshot or something fall over.”
At 8:48 a.m. an officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle and tried to stop him but the suspect led officers on a 10-minute chase.
A person who works in the area tells KXAN they were standing outside right around 9 a.m. when they saw a patrol car chasing after a black car going northbound on Mesa Drive.
The witness says the driver in the black car tried to go around other cars but the officer clipped them.
“Having watched a good part of the dash cam video, I can tell you the suspect was driving very aggressively, very dangerously — going through stop signs, driving on the wrong sides of [the] road to pass vehicles,” says Manley. “Again, this was a very dangerous situation.”
The officer was able to stop the driver with a PIT maneuver at the intersection. When the cars came to a stop, police say an officer got out and told the man to show his hands.
“The suspect can be seen exiting the driver side door and immediately producing a handgun and begins firing on our officers,” says Manley of the dash camera footage from the patrol car.
Two officers fired back and hit the suspect.
Erin Hanson, who lives nearby, says she was driving through the intersection with her 2-year-old daughter at the time of the shootout.
“It all happens within seconds, and what do you do at that point?” Hanson recalled, “I couldn’t go straight. I couldn’t go right, so I’m just at the light. I duck and was thinking, ‘I don’t know what good this is going to do, but at least I stay down until the shots stop.’ There were probably 10 to 20 shots exchanged.”
Hanson says when she looked back up, the suspect was on the ground, but appeared coherent. Chief Manley said the man was in the hospital undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds.
Manley says police have had prior encounters with the suspect.
Both of the officers who fired at the suspect have been placed on paid administrative duty. Both APD and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating.