Man arrested for murder after deadly shooting in northwest Austin

Javier Vega-Funes, 29.

A man was arrested for murder after a deadly shooting in northwest Austin, the Austin Police Department (APD) said.

On Monday, April 22, around 5:58 p.m., officers responded to a shots fired call at 11215 Research Boulevard. One of the callers said they saw a man running and shooting. Another caller said someone had been shot near the back of an apartment complex, and a third caller said they saw someone get shot by H-E-B.

When officers arrived, they found a man, later identified as Jose Rubio, with apparent gunshot wounds at the intersection of 183 Southbound and Balcones Woods Drive. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Officers learned that a second shooting victim, later identified as David Cerda-Funes, was dropped off at a local hospital by a woman driving a Chevrolet Tahoe. The woman immediately left the emergency room after dropping the man off.

Later, officers were able to find the Tahoe in the parking lot of the hospital which was occupied by 29-year-old Javier Vega-Funes. Javier Vega-Funes exited the car and attempted to leave on foot, but he was detained by officers. 

It was later determined the second gunshot victim was the brother of Javier Vega-Funes.

Austin police said the investigation revealed that Jose Rubio had shot David Cerda-Funes at 11215 Research Boulevard before leaving the scene on foot. Javier Vega-Funes helped his brother into the Tahoe and left the apartment and caught up to Rubio who was still on foot. Vega got out of the Tahoe and shot Rubio on the southbound frontage road of Highway 183 at the Balcones Woods Drive intersection.

Javier Vega-Funes has been charged with first-degree murder. 

David Cerda-Funes remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Austin Police Department at 512-974-TIPS.  You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting or by calling 512-472-8477. A reward up to $1,000 may be available for any information that leads to an arrest.