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No Injuries in Officer-Involved Shooting in North Austin

Nathan Bernier, KUT News
An Austin Police officer is on paid administrative leave after using force against a suspect. There were no injuries and the suspect is in custody.

Austin police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred at 1:42 p.m. Saturday near Interstate 35 and Rundberg Lane.

According to Police Chief Art Acevedo, there were no injuries and the suspect is in custody.

The shooting occurred when a police officer responded to a car accident at a Shell gas station. The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, had struck another vehicle and was allegedly leaving the scene. When the officer tried to flag the suspect down, he did not stop and drove the vehicle toward the officer. The officer, whose name has also not yet been released, got out of the way. When the suspect stopped again, the officer told him to get out of the car, but he again drove the car toward the officer. That's when the officer fired several rounds at the car.

The car drove off toward North Lamar Boulevard, eventually crashing into an H-E-B store sign, where he was taken into custody. The suspect was cleared by Emergency Medical Services and taken for booking. Chief Acevedo says he is a 23-year-old Hispanic male.

The suspect is being investigated for four counts of leaving the scene, charged with aggravated assault against a police officer, and is being investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol. Acevedo says that's because the suspect made a statement about being drunk and driving.

The officer who discharged his weapon was placed on administrative leave with pay for the duration of the investigation. Acevedo says the officer was acting in self-defense when he discharged his weapon.

"A vehicle can be used as a weapon," Acevedo said. "And when a vehicle is used as deadly weapon, our policy and state law allows you to defend yourself. So the officer shot at vehicle in self defense, fearing for his life."

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