Austin police officer killed in shooting Saturday morning, second officer injured
A SWAT police officer was killed and a second officer was injured in a shooting in South Austin early Saturday.
Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson identified the deceased officer as Jorge Pastore, in a social media post Saturday night. The identity of the injured officer has not been released.
My heart is heavy today. Please help me and our APD family pay tribute to SPO Jorge Pastore for his brave & heroic actions. Sir, we’ll take it from here.— Interim Chief of Police Robin Henderson (@Chief_Henderson) November 11, 2023
Thanks for all the prayers & thoughts. Continue to keep the Pastore family and our second Officer injured in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/237uLZixS4
The suspect and two other people were also pronounced dead at the home on Bernoulli Drive, Henderson said at a news conference earlier Saturday.
Henderson said police got a 911 call at 2:45 a.m. from someone who said she was being stabbed. Officers arrived about 10 minutes later and learned two victims were in the house with the suspect; a third victim who escaped was taken to the hospital.
The officers were shot at when they attempted to enter the house, Henderson said.
SWAT officers were called to the scene and found the suspect had barricaded himself in the house with two hostages. The officers forced their way into the home in an attempt to rescue the hostages, Henderson said. They exchanged fire and the two officers were shot.
Henderson said the officers were transported to the hospital, where Pastore was pronounced dead. The second officer was in stable condition.
“I’d like to state that this has been a very tragic day, very tragic incident, for all involved," she said through tears.
She said two investigations would be launched — one into the stabbing attack and another into the officer-involved shooting. The incident was captured on police-worn body cam.
Mayor Kirk Watson had notified City Council members of the incident early Saturday. In a statement, he called it a "horrible moment for our city and those who protect us."
My heart and the hearts of Austinites are broken this morning. This is a horrible moment for our city and those who protect us.— Mayor Kirk Watson (@KirkPWatson) November 11, 2023
I’m praying for the family of our fallen officer, for our officer who was shot and in surgery and his family.
Full statement: pic.twitter.com/be8QXJDBtx
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