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Following a Spate of Fatal Shootings in Texas, a Suspect is Captured

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Tuesday night, authorities in Texas announced the arrest of a suspect following a string of shootings in and around Austin that resulted in multiple fatalities and injuries to others, including police officers.

The unidentified guy in his 30s was charged with capital murder and taken into custody at the Travis County Jail, according to an announcement made early on Wednesday by interim chief of the Austin Police Department Robin Henderson. According to her, officials did not realize there was a connection between the shootings until after the last one, when two more San Antonio deaths were connected to the suspect by a different law enforcement organization.

Henderson stated at a press conference that “it is unknown what the nature of the relationship—if any—between the victims and the suspect is.” “To all the victims and their families who have been affected by these series of tragic events and horrific criminal acts,” she subsequently said, “I would like to express my deepest condolences.”

Tuesday morning saw the first shooting incident occur when an Austin school district police officer was shot and hurt in the area of Northeast Early College High School at approximately 10:43 a.m. The cop was shot “in an unprovoked way,” according to officials, and he was struck in the leg, KVUE said. His wounds were not life-threatening.

More over an hour later, to the south, there was a “double homicide occurred involving a male and female victim,” according to Henderson. A man riding a bicycle was shot on West Slaughter Lane in south Austin later in the day, right before 5:00 p.m. According to the chief, he also sustained non-life-threatening wounds.

Around 6:48 p.m., according to Henderson, police were summoned to a house where a burglary was underway. An officer discovered the suspect in the home’s backyard. Henderson stated, “The male suspect started shooting at the officer right away.” According to her, the cop returned fire, took numerous bullet wounds, and took cover. The suspect escaped the area in the car, albeit it was later discovered that he had not been hit during the gunfight. The officer’s wounds did not pose a threat to his life.

Following a police pursuit, the suspect crashed his car at approximately 7:14 p.m. and was apprehended. Henderson stated that when the guy was taken into custody, a gun was with him.

Other police officers entered the reportedly broken-in house as the pursuit was underway. According to Henderson, they discovered two individuals inside who had been fatally injured and had been declared dead on the spot. They were also clearly the suspect’s victims.

Following the suspect’s arrest, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said he was contacted by Austin police on Tuesday night, who informed him that the individual had connections to a San Antonio area property. Two more dead were discovered inside the house by the deputies when they arrived. Salazar reportedly said, “It’s a pretty grisly crime scene in there,” as reported by KXAN-TV. “More than enough indicators that it is a double homicide, but we just don’t know cause of death at this point,” the sheriff added. The San Antonio victims, according to Salazar, looked to be in their 50s.

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