AUSTIN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - The incident happened in the northwest corner of Pease Park on August 14th. The call to the Austin-Travis County 911 center came in shortly after the noon hour.
911: "Austin 911, do you need ..."
Iris Karami: "Hi, there's ... there's somebody, with an assault rifle at ... uh, there is somebody with an assault rifle and a big knife at this ..."
911: "OK, what is the address where this is at."
Iris Karami, the woman who made the call, spoke to FOX 7 about how she was able to make that call for help. "It was just kind of fight or flight, It's something that kind of shut down in me, that made it all happen," said Karami.
She had gone to the park to run and pull up next to a vehicle driven by, Dalton Broesche.
He immediately made her feel uneasy and red flags flew when he got out with several weapons. "That really caught my attention and I thought I really should keep any eye on him as well,"," said Karami. It's not illegal to walk around with a rifle in Texas, which is why the 911 operator pressed iris for more information.
911: "Is this person pointing the weapon or just carrying it?"
Iris: "He is carrying it and"
911: "And what is he doing with it ... I understand but what is he, how is he carrying the weapon, is it just down?"
Iris: "It was (inaudible) on his shoulder."
"I was so overwhelmed, I didn't know what was about to happen, I didn't know what he was about to do and how much time we had at all," said Karami. As she spoke to the 911 operator, Iris drove away but turned around when asked to provide more information.
911: "Were you able to get the license plate on the vehicle?"
Iris: "Oh, my goodness."
"I was anticipating gun fire to happen, something to happen," said Karami.
Iris: "Oh, my goodness."
911: "I do already have officers in route, so this isn't slowing anything."
It remained a tense and emotional situation for the UT student. "I don't think I would have felt morally OK going home and seeing the news later, and seeing people dead, knowing I could have done something. I felt I would have shouldered that," said Karami.
There were children in the park and Iris told the 911 operator he was heading toward them.
911: "OK, so you saw him walking towards where there is a party going on with a lot of kids?"
"Because what came to my mind first was the kids at the other end of the park where all of those people were at," said Karami.
Iris: "I don't want to scare anybody, I don't want to tell people ... but I just, I don't know, he, he has an assault rifle, this is not a hunting area, this is not where you go hunting."
911: "Ma'am I do have an officer in the 24th street area."
"I think I stopped something, everything he was giving me, signs, body language, my instincts my gut intuition was telling me there was no reason why somebody like that would be at an Austin community park with weapons, that's not how the communities operate at all," said Karami.
Dalton Broesche had an active arrest warrant against him.
He allegedly pulled a knife on his father.
Despite that, as well as a pending restraining order, Broesche was able to legally purchase the rifle he had from an Austin gun store. He also had a handgun and other weapons prompting charges of unlawful carry and deadly conduct.
An early October trial date has been set. The case may also factor into possible new gun regulations that the governor is expected to release later this week.