Identities of officer and 74-year-old man in deadly shooting released
AUSTIN, Texas - The officer and the 74-year-old man who died in an officer-involved shooting on September 22 have been identified.
The Austin Police Department has identified the man killed as 74-year-old Fred Louis Babcock.
The police officer involved has been identified as Senior Police Officer Matt Marmatuk. Officials say Marmatuk was hired in January 1995 and was commissioned as an officer in July of that same year.
Marmatuk has been placed on administrative leave while the case continues to be investigated which is routine.
No further information was released.
Babcock died after the officer-involved shooting in North Austin.
APD Chief Brian Manley said a woman called 911 just after 7:15 p.m. claiming her husband hit her and was threatening to kill her at an apartment complex on East Anderson Lane.
Chief Manley said officers arrived and were able to force entry into the apartment and safetly remove the woman but the man barricaded himself in a back bedroom with a handgun.
Officers were unable to make contact with the man so SWAT was called in and a perimeter was set up. People living nearby were evacuated.
Nearly two hours later Chief Manley said the man exited the apartment and began firing shots at the SWAT team.
No officers were hit but one officer did return fire and struck and killed the man.
The officer-involved shooting happened just a few miles away from another deadly shooting which happened just a few hours later.