Man recovering after officer-involved shooting

UPDATE: The suspect did not open fire before being shot, according to APD Chief Brian Manley. Officers first believed the suspect raised a weapon at the officers and fired. Officials now say the suspect raised the weapon at the officers on scene but did not fire. 

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Lawrence Parrish and charged with aggravated assault against a public servant. 


An armed man was shot by Austin Police after he opened fire on officers outside an East Austin home Friday night. 

No officers were injured during the shooting which happened around 10 p.m. on Parliament Drive. 

Several people called 911 to report a man with a gun. Manley says as officers raced to the scene even more calls came in with some people indicating the man may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. When police arrived the man had gone back inside the house. 

"He did not come out for a period of time. Officers continued to give him commands. He came out and went right back inside," explained Manley. That's when officers on the scene called for the SWAT team but before they could arrive the man came outside and fired his weapon. 

"Our officers fired back and the subject went down," said Manley. Four officers fired their weapons. Over the course of the next 12 minutes those officers told the man to stay where he was and not to reach for his weapon. 

Officers with protective shields arrived and that's when they approached the man according to Manley. One of the patrol car's cameras caught some of what happened on video and all of the audio. Manley says the video shows one of the officers picking up a rifle beside the man. 

APD's Internal Affairs Unit is investigating along with the Special Investigations Unit and the Travis Count District Attorney's Office. 

As standard protocol the four officers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. 

 
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