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Deadly Police Shooting in Downtown Austin Injures Bystanders

A confrontation in downtown Austin, Texas, led to police fatally shooting a gun-wielding suspect, injuring three bystanders on Saturday night.

The situation unfolded just before midnight on East 6th Street, a bustling area in Austin’s entertainment district.

Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson detailed that the police responded to a disturbance call outside a bar where a man allegedly tried to enter with a gun.

Confrontation with the Suspect

Upon arrival, officers were directed to the suspect by bar employees. “The suspect pulled out his firearm and pointed in the direction of officers and innocent bystanders,” Henderson stated.

This prompted three Austin Police Department (APD) officers to open fire, resulting in the suspect’s death.

While no officers were harmed, three bystanders nearby suffered injuries. One was critically wounded, and the others had non-life-threatening injuries.

The nature of their injuries, whether from gunfire or otherwise, was not immediately clear.

Ongoing Investigations

The incident, captured on body-worn cameras, is under investigation by APD’s Special Investigations Unit and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

An internal affairs investigation is also in progress. The officers involved, with 9 to 13 years of service, are on administrative duty as per protocol.

This event occurred hours after a separate shooting at the Barton Creek Square Mall, which caused panic among holiday shoppers and resulted in minor injuries to one individual.

With information from ABC News.

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