APD: A suspect tries to steal a vehicle shot down by law enforcement

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department says an APD officer and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper fired shots during an attempted carjacking of Cameron Road late Monday night, hitting the suspect.

Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the suspect was in critical but stable condition in hospital.

Chacon said the incident began around 11 p.m. when the officer stopped a motorcycle for a traffic stop on Cameron Road near Highway 290.

Chacon said the motorcyclist ran south on Cameron and the officer chased him. Chacon said the officer noticed the motorcyclist had a weapon.

The DPS soldier was nearby and heard the pursuit on the radio, then assisted the APD officer.

According to Chacon, the motorcyclist ended up in a nearby parking lot where he tried to hijack a driver.

The APD said that was when the soldier and officer opened fire. The motorcyclist was shot dead. The driver, soldier and officer were not injured.

It is unclear which law enforcement officer shot the motorcyclist. Chacon said police are investigating whether the motorcyclist fired any shots.

Chacon said the body camera footage will be released within 10 business days.

The APD agent, who has less than a year with the agency, will be placed on administrative duty. Chacon said DPS will handle all announcements regarding the soldier.

APD and Texas Rangers are conducting a criminal investigation, and APD Internal Affairs is conducting an administrative investigation.