Austin police searching for suspect who shot at officer in SE Austin

Austin police are looking for a suspect who shot the officer

A suspect is on the run after shooting an Austin Police officer.

Austin Police are looking for a suspect who shot an officer.

According to the APD, an official responded to an alarm call near Travis Green Lane and Hero Drive in southwest Austin on Christmas Eve around midnight. When the officer arrived and was in his patrol car, he noticed a vehicle with tape covering the license plate of a nearby house.

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The officer attempted to disrupt traffic, but the suspect drove out of the way of police and shot the officer multiple times, APD says. The suspect started driving on the wrong side of the road during the chase, so the officers stopped tracking the vehicle.

According to APD, the suspicious vehicle crashed and abandoned a short time later in the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex. The officers set up a perimeter and searched, but the suspect was not found.

No suspicious information is currently available, according to the APD. No injuries were reported in the incident, but vehicles parked near the officer’s patrol car were also hit.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley tweeted about the incident and said he felt it was an “attempted murder” of an officer while the investigation is still ongoing.

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In response to another tweet, Ken Casaday, president of the Austin Police Association, spoke on the shootings and said several officers had been shot in the past few weeks. He calls Austin Mayor Steve Adler to help get the police academy back up and running and to discuss the conditions the officers are facing.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to call the APD Aggravated Assault Unit at (512) 974-5245. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers app. You can also submit tips by downloading the APD mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

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