AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin Police discovered the body of a man inside a north Austin apartment early Friday morning, hours after they say he shot his wife. The woman was taken to the hospital with possibly life-threatening injuries.
The shooting and search for the gunman led to a three-hour SWAT standoff at The Estate on Quarry Lake apartments. Police say the woman ran out of the apartment after she was shot. A neighbor helped get her to safety and called 911.
Other 911 callers reported hearing the gunshots and screaming. Responding officers secured the building and called in a helicopter to make sure the man had not left.
They were able to breach the apartment just before 3:30 a.m. Residents heard a loud bang. Inside, officers found the man dead. They have not said how he died.
Austin SWAT ended the standoff a short time later.
Neighbor Recounts helping woman escape
Michael Sodders says he had just gotten home to the apartment complex when he heard the commotion.
“I was walking up the stairs, and I heard a woman saying, ‘Help me! Help me! Help me!'” he recalled. “So I looked back, kind of seeing what was going on, and I saw her kind of staggering about forty yards away. I saw her grabbing her hand, so I went down there to see what was going on, and I saw her fingers were a little messed up. She said, ‘I’ve been shot! He’s trying to kill me!'”
Sodders says he grabbed the woman and took her inside his apartment.
He says he locked the door, grabbed his gun and hid with her in his bathroom.
Sodders says the woman was concerned about her hand, which had been shot, but he also noticed a bullet wound in her shoulder.
“I don’t think she even realized that she got shot again,” he said. “I saw the blood, and I mentioned it, and she said, ‘I can’t feel the right side,’ so I looked up and I saw that it was through and through, so at that point, I started pressing on it so it didn’t bleed.”
Sodders says the woman told him the shooter was her husband.
“She didn’t want him to get hurt,” Sodders said. “And I think that was a thought that came to her head, because she mentioned, ‘I hope he doesn’t hurt himself.'”
Sodders says his heart goes out to the woman after all she’s been through.
“She seemed like a really good person. I mean, she was apologizing to me, and she was the one that was shot,” he said. “She was really tough. I don’t know how much better you could handle getting shot, than how she handled it.”