Neighbors who witnessed fatal stabbing in Central Austin left traumatized

Neighbors who witnessed Friday morning’s murder on the 5000 block of Lynwood Street and officer involved shooting were in tears. A neighbor who did not want to be identified called 911. She said she could still hear the victim’s screams.

"I don't know how to get it out…it's the worst thing I ever heard in my life,” the neighbor who lived above the apartment where the stabbing tool place said. “She just kept screaming don't do it don't do it."

Clyde O’dell lives next door where the suspect was staying said he saw the whole incident from his window. He said he saw a man repeatedly stabbing a woman. He too called 911. O’dell said he was told to stay inside. It was then police arrived and he said the situation escalated.

"The cop came up and said hold it right there and drop that knife, he dropped it and then tried to reach it and Boom shot him right in the leg," said O’dell.

Interim Chief of Police Brian Manley said after reviewing the body camera his officers were wearing he echoed the same events that led to his officer shooting the suspect. Manley said the suspect continued to make aggressive acts toward the suspect and refusing the officer’s commands then the officer shot him.

The suspect was suspected to be on drugs at the time he was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and the woman pronounced dead at the scene.

"it is with obviously great sadness that we lost someone today but I can say from what I understand our officers did everything they could when they got here to put an end to the threat the suspect posed to this victim," Chief Manley said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

Neighbors said the woman wasn’t a permanent resident and the suspect was staying with his brother. Neither have been identified by police.

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