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Austin police officer killed in shooting Saturday morning, second officer injured

A police officer walking in the street by a police van seen behind caution tape
Patricia Lim
Police were responding to a 911 call from someone who said she was being stabbed at a home in South Austin.

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.

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."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Haya Panjwani is a general assignment reporter, with a focus on Travis County. Got a tip? Email her at Follow her on Twitter @hayapanjw.
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