One person is dead and another is wounded after a suspicious-car report Monday morning ended in police gunfire. The two people shot were asleep in back of car-Rebellion sparks off in East Austin
AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) — The incident began just after 5 a.m. Monday in East Austin on Springdale Road, just south of Manor Road.
Police Sgt. Richard Stresing says an officer was checking a robbery report when he saw a car parked at the Walnut Creek Apartments with three sleeping in it.
Police Chief Art Acevedo says the officer fatally shot an 18-year-old man who had a weapon stuck in the waistband of his pants.
He says another man was wounded and is in stable condition at Brackenridge Hospital.
The other occupant of the car is in police custody.
The officer involved is being removed from patrol pending investigation.
No identities have been released.
AUSTIN (KXAN) – Tensions appear to be fading at the scene of a police shooting, a couple hours after police in riot gear tried to calm down nearly 200 people who were angry and smashing windows over a man who was killed by officers Monday morning.
“They need to protect,” said Gloria Jean Smith, who was at the scene protesting Monday morning. “They use their uniform to threat people by.”
Meanwhile, others argue police should have resorted to Tasering instead of killing Nathaniel Sanders, 18.
“We have one officer over there that’s so cocked up ready to shoot somebody,” said Smith. “We don’t know what to do, so I just stretch my arms and tell them to go right ahead.”
At least one arrest was made during the disturbance. The entire area on Springdale Road near Manor Road was shut down.
City Manager Marc Ott arrived on the scene around 11 a.m., according to the City of Austin PIO.
Austin police said two possible robbery suspects were shot around 5 a.m. Monday during a suspicious-car report in East Austin at the Walnut Creek Apartments , just south of Manor Road on Springdale Road.
Acevedo said three men were inside the vehicle, all three were asleep. Police detained the driver without incident.
However, police said when they tried to wake up one of the two passengers, he reached for a gun. At that point, Acevedo said the officer who woke up the man shot and killed the 18-year-old who had reached for his gun.
Acevedo said those gunshots woke up the third passenger, who got out of the vehicle and charged towards officers. Officers shot the third passenger, who was transported to Brackenridge Hospital . Police said he is in stable condition.
“Obviously, when there’s a loss of life, our heart goes out to the family,” said Acevedo during a press briefing on the scene.
Acevedo said police investigated a shooting and taxi cab robbery in that area throughout the weekend and suggested the champagne-colored Mercedes-Benz station wagon the men were in may have been connected to one or both of those crimes.
The officer involved in the fatal shooting was not injured, and he is on administrative leave per department policy. The officer’s name has not been released.
Police did not confirm the identities of any of the three men Monday morning.
Austin Independent School District spokeswoman Roxanne Evans said nearby Pecan Springs Elementary and Sacred Heart private school are not in lockdown or otherwise affected.
The officer who shot two men in East Austin early this morning, killing one and injuring another, was suspended from the Police Department in 2006, according to a City of Austin memorandum.
The memo states that Officer Leonardo Quintana was suspended for 15 days in August 2006 after a fight with his girlfriend, another Austin police officer. The memo says that on April 28, 2006, Quintana burst into the home of Officer Lori Noriega without her permission in order to retrieve tickets for a cruise. His actions constituted criminal trespass, the memo says.
Quintana has been an Austin police officer for eight-and-a-half years, officials said. According to a public records search, Quintana has no criminal record.
Austin police officials said Quintana has received a number of commendations during his career, including the superior service citation, the Commanders’ Recognition award in 2007, and the CMT Campaign Ribbon for his service in the department’s riot control unit. He was named the 100 Club of Central Texas Officer of the Year in 2003 and was an Employee of the Year finalist in 2008.