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APD Officer Injured in Shootout

Austin Police Car APD by Nathan Bernier (4).JPG
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

A police officer was injured during a shootout Monday afternoon near a shopping center in northeast Austin.

APD say it started shortly after 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the Capital Plaza Shopping Center off I-35. Someone robbed the driver of an armored vehicle and took off.

People called 9-1-1 and police chased the suspect to a wooded area near the Springdale Shopping Center at Manor and Springdale Roads. That’s where the shootout happened. 

Police say an officer was hit in the knee by a bullet or shrapnel. The suspect then carjacked a man in a vehicle and forced him to drive to an apartment complex.

APD chief Art Acevedo, speaking during a news conference, says that’s where they found the man.

“The suspect was actually apprehended and captured by members of the Austin police department at an apartment complex on the 9400 block of 290 where he was taken into custody without incident," Acevedo said. 

The officer’s injuries are not considered to be life threatening.