ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — A suspect is in critical condition at a hospital after being shot by law enforcement in Round Rock following an attempted warrant service on Wednesday.
Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said APD officers were assisting the Texas Department of Public Safety with surveillance during the warrant service around 2:42 p.m. The suspect, a 41-year-old man, had multiple active felony warrants that included weapons charges, Chacon said.
As the surveillance continued at an apartment complex, Chacon said the suspect left, and DPS used spike strips to deflate the suspect vehicle’s tires. The suspect continued to drive on flat tires, and eventually, a wheel fell off the vehicle, Chacon said.
That’s when the suspect pulled into a convenience store where the shooting occurred. At 6:32 p.m., a marked DPS vehicle pulled up next to the suspect in the parking lot, and once the trooper got out, the suspect opened fire from inside his vehicle. The APD officers providing surveillance were also in the parking lot, and all four got out and returned fire along with the trooper, Chacon said.
The suspect was shot, but none of the officers or the trooper were injured, Chacon said.
Chacon said since the incident happened outside of APD’s jurisdiction, the critical incident video release protocol doesn’t apply. APD changed its policy to release body-worn camera videos and other relevant videos within 10 working days of the incident. Chacon said APD would work with the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office to release the video “when appropriate, at a later date.”
The four APD officers have varying years of service with the department. One officer has been on the force for 10 years, two have been for six and the other for two years.
All four have been placed on administrative leave, per APD policy.
DPS is leading the investigation, which is still active and ongoing.