Man shot, killed by APD officer after charging at him armed with knives

Austin Police say an officer shot and killed a 29-year-old man Friday night after he charged at the officer armed with knives. 

It happened around 10:20 p.m. in the Randall's parking lot at South Mopac Expressway and William Cannon Drive. Someone called 911 at 10:14 p.m. to report a man threatening people in the parking lot and he was armed with knives. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says the caller yelled over the phone to just send help. 

The first officer arrived on the scene to find the man in the parking lot. Acevedo says the officer backed up his patrol car and got out with his rifle.

"My officer maintained his distance and increased his distance. Rather than obey commands and submit he ran full speed at the officer," said Acevedo during a press conference early Saturday morning.

EMS arrived on scene to take the man to the hospital. He died at 10:49 p.m. His name has not been released yet. 

Acevedo says he believes this is a suicide by cop incident. Acevedo says he reviewed video from the store and from the officer's patrol car. Both show what happened. Police are also questioning two witnesses who saw everything. 

Earlier in the evening a similar call came into 911 from the Dollar General along West Stassney. Acevedo believes the suspect is connected to that call as well. 

APD's Internal Affairs unit has launched an investigation along with a criminal investigation which will be presented to a grand jury. 

This shooting marks the fourth in as many weeks involving an APD officer. "This is an assault with a deadly weapon and the deadly weapon is knives. We have had two officers shot recently. I'm concerned about the uptick in violence against law enforcement," said Acevedo. 

"Our officer is shaken up. Despite what the public and critics might say that officers somehow this doesn't impact them. I can tell you he's very shaken up and saddened by this chain of events. Acevedo says the officer involved has been with the department for four and a half years. 

So far in 2016 there have been five officer involved shootings for the department. 

 

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