APD Officer Armando Perez is resting and recovering following Sunday's shooting

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.


We're always asking you to send us videos and photos, and now we're partnering with a new app to make it really easy for you. All you have to do is Fresco it!

Our FOX 7 journalists use their smartphones every day. Not just to make calls or to check emails, but to make news. They shoot video and pictures of what they see around them. If there's a story there, they're getting it.

Download the Fresco News App, respond to an assignment, shoot, upload, and get paid. Just like that, you've become an important part of our FOX 7 news team.


Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent


FOX 7 News streams at the following times (all times Central):

Monday - Friday

4:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.


6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Schedule subject to change in the event of network sports coverage.

We also stream press conferences and other breaking news coverage from time to time. When we are not in a live newscast, you will see replays of the most recent broadcast.

To enter full screen Mode click the button.

For closed captioning, click on the button while in full screen mode.

Desktop/tablet users: To choose the stream's video quality, click on the button (while in full screen mode) and choose from 432p or 270p.

Mobile users:The video quality default is to your phone's settings.

Please allow time for buffering. If the stream stalls, refresh your browser. Thanks for watching

Stories You May Be Interested In - Includes Advertiser Stories