APD Public Information Office released the following statement Monday afternoon...
The Officer involved in this shooting is Armando Perez. He is currently assigned to Region 1 patrol and has been with the department for nine and a half years. As is standard protocol, Officer Perez has been place on paid administrative leave.
This case remains under investigation and will be reviewed by APD’s Internal Affairs Unit, Office of the Police Monitor, APD’s Special Investigation Unit the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and will be presented to a Travis County Grand Jury.
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday says he is thankful he is not planning a funeral today. He made that comment after a burglary suspect shot an officer in the stomach Sunday. That officer is in stable condition and the suspect is dead.
On Sunday morning the sound of gunshots rang out on the corner of West Avenue and 6th Street startling the residents and customers at the busy intersection.
"[My girlfriend] heard what she thought were six gunshots,” said Sharam Khosravipour.
"It was just something I didn't expect,” said Lee Vidal.
Austin police say a concierge at Austin City Lofts noticed a person on security cameras acting suspiciously, possibly breaking into cars around 11.
He chased after the man and tried to stop him, tackling him. An officer arrived who also struggled with the suspect.
"The security guard, at the request of the officer, assisted the officer and came to the officer's aide when that suspect suddenly turned took out a semi-automatic pistol and fired one shot at our officer,” said Acevedo.
The officer, who was struck in the stomach, then returned fire killing the man.
Cat Ramirez watched from Benji's Cantina across the street.
"All the patio that was here seated freaked out. Everybody got down at first. We actually walked over there and saw the suspect on the ground and he was dead,” said Ramirez.
Officers are only identifying him as a white male in his 30s.
Officer Armando is recovering at the hospital. Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday visited with him.
"I was able to talk to him. He was very calm. He knew exactly what happened to him,” said Casaday. "All of his friends from the academy class were there, all of his shift mates. It just means a lot when you can put your eyes on them because you're worried about them but once you can actually see them and talk to them gives you a peaceful feeling that hey, everything's going to be okay."
Casaday, like the chief, praised the concierge.
"You know as far as I'm concerned he's a hero. Most people stand by,” said Casaday.
Armando is a nine year veteran. He is in stable condition.
For the people who experienced such chaos the fact that the officer survived is comforting.
"You know, that's the silver lining,” said Vidal.
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