APD officer fires gun during ‘shooting’ in downtown Austin, teen in critical condition after shooting

AUSTIN (KXAN) – An investigation was launched after an APD officer fired his weapon during a shootout between two groups of people in the city center overnight.

APD chief Joseph Chacón said two officers ran toward the sound of gunfire on East 6th Street and Sabine Street at approximately 1:15 am on Saturday morning.

When they arrived at the scene, the officers saw a group of men shooting at another group. In response, one of the officers fired his gun, Chacón said, and the suspects fled the scene.

It is not clear if the officer shot someone, Chacón said.

A few minutes later, officers found a 17-year-old black man with a gunshot wound, Chacón said. The teenager was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition.

“Witnesses were located who reported that this appeared to be a dispute, and eventually a shooting was observed between two different groups of individuals and multiple weapons,” Chacón said at a news conference Saturday morning.

The scene of a shooting involving an Austin Police Department officer overnight (Image: KXAN / Frank Martinez)

He said officers were working on a DWI investigation one block from the incident when they heard gunshots.

A few minutes after the groups fled the scene, officers located two people who appear to have been involved and recovered a pistol.

They then found the 17-year-old with critical injuries. Police do not know if the teen was shot by the officer or by any of the other people involved in the shooting.

APD Chief Joseph Chacon gives a media briefing after a shooting involving an Austin Police Department officer overnight (Image: KXAN / Frank Martinez)

Chacón asked anyone who witnessed the incident or has a video of the shooting to contact police by calling 9-1-1 or the Crimestoppers information line at 512 472-8477.

Body camera footage captured the moment the officer fired the gun, Chacón said.

The officer involved in the shooting is a four-year veteran with APD and will be placed in administrative duties.

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