5 officers on administrative leave following shooting at North Austin restaurant

The Austin Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in North Austin.

APD says the shooting happened on North Lamar near Peyton Gin Road.

Police got the call around 9:30 p.m. on October 23 about a man with a face covering pointing a gun at a caller. The suspect left the scene by the time officers got there.

Just after 10 p.m., APD says they found the person who matched the description at a nearby restaurant and tried to get the person to leave.

A public address system on the patrol units was also used to make sure the suspect could hear officers.


The restaurant was evacuated and moments later, officers heard gunshots inside. Officers entered the restaurant and the suspect was shot.

According to police, upon reviewing the video sources associated with this incident, it was seen the suspect discharged the handgun in the direction of an officer when he, the officer, entered the patio.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. No one else was hurt. 

Police said the suspect was later identified as 42-year-old Emeka Onyeabo Williams.

Williams was charged with the offense of Attempted Capital Murder and Deadly Conduct for recklessly discharging a firearm, placing a man who was approximately 10-12 feet away, in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.

The incident was captured on body-worn camera. 

APD Chief Joseph Chacon says five officers are now on administrative duty pending the investigation.  

One Officer has 11 years and 11 months of service, and another officer has 10 years and 10 months of service with the department. The third and fourth officers involved have four years of service with the department. The fifth officer involved has two years and eight months of service with the department.

Chacon says APD is reviewing video of the incident, including bodycam footage. Per APD policy, the footage will be released to the public in 10 working days.