Wed April 24, 2013
Man Identified in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting (Update)
Update: Austin Police have identified the man killed by police last night as 54-year-old Herbert Babelay.
Original Story (April 24, 8:23 a.m.): Four Austin Police Officers involved in a fatal shooting last night are on paid administrative leave. The officers shot and killed a man who they say pointed a rifle at them.
It happened in southeast Austin – in the 700 block of Valdez. Police were called to that address at 8:40 p.m. on a report of a homicidal or suicidal man.
APD did not release the identity of the man involved.
No officers were injured.
APD tweeted the officers feared for their life.
Subject in 700 Valdez officer involved shooting, pointed weapon at officers. Officers feared for their life. Shots were fired.
— Austin Police Dept (@Austin_Police) April 24, 2013
The Austin-American Statesman reported late last night that APD Chief Art Acevedo said the police are treating the incident as a possible suicide by cop.
KEYE's Adam Bennett sent out a tweet this morning reporting officers are still on the scene.
An officer tells me he doesn't know how long they'll be on scene of APD shooting. Says more officers en route to relieve officers here now.
— Adam Bennett (@AdamBennettTV) April 24, 2013