Suspect in Northwest Austin deadly shooting arrested in just over 12 hours

A shooting victim was found lying in the street in Northwest Austin early Monday morning and a suspect is now in custody, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office.

Just before 4 a.m., deputies responded to a check welfare call in the 13000 block of Amarillo Ave., near McNeil Dr and Parmer Ln., when they found a man in his 40s lying unresponsive in the street.

Deputies started CPR immediately and then ATCEMS took over, but the man died at the scene.

TCSO says detectives collected evidence at the crime scene that led them to think the victim had surprised or confronted someone attempting to burglarize his vehicle.

A little more than 12 hours later, TCSO was able to identify a suspect and 36-year-old William Jewel Daniels, of San Antonio, was arrested and charged with murder.

William Jewel Daniels (Travis County Sheriff's Office)


"It has been pretty crazy. The whole neighborhood is kind of shaken right now," said Jim Wolfe, who lives a few houses down from where the shooting took place.

He says he was alerted when deputies knocked on his door.

"Literally, we just woke up. I think it was about six in the morning when the first detective came and knocked on our door and asked if we had any footage because we have cameras," said Wolfe.

Crime scene investigators spent hours searching the area for evidence leading up to the arrest.

"There were tons of detectives here. It looked like they were putting in the work," said Wolfe.

Wolfe says this is a rare occurrence for the area. "We don't expect that at all. We originally came to South Austin, there was a lot more police activity. It has been quiet since we moved here in February, this is kind of the first thing," said Wolfe.

According to the Austin Police Department, there have been two homicides this year and three homicides last year in the surrounding areas. 

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the TCSO Tip Line at 512-854-1444 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.