Former Sheriff’s Deputy Is Sought After 3 Are Fatally Shot in Austin

DALLAS — A former sheriff’s deputy in Texas was being wanted the authorities stated he fatally shot three folks in Austin on Sunday.

Joseph Chacon, the interim chief of the Austin Police Division, stated the authorities responded to a name a couple of potential capturing or stabbing in northwest Austin shortly earlier than midday native time on Sunday.

When officers arrived on the scene, close to an upscale procuring heart referred to as the Arboretum, they discovered three folks — two ladies and one man — with gunshot wounds, Chief Chacon stated. The victims, all of whom have been pronounced useless on the scene, weren’t instantly recognized.

Mayor Steve Adler of Austin stated on Twitter that the capturing occurred at an residence complicated referred to as Arboretum Oaks.

The authorities recognized the gunman as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41. Chief Chacon stated on Sunday afternoon that it was his “understanding” that Mr. Broderick “at one time” labored as a sheriff’s deputy in Travis County, which incorporates Austin. He didn’t elaborate. A person with Mr. Broderick’s title and date of start had been employed on the sheriff’s workplace in Travis County till June of final yr, when he was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a kid, based on Kristen Darkish, a spokeswoman for the workplace. The worker, who labored as a detective on property crimes, resigned after his arrest, she stated.

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez stated in an announcement that she was “shocked and saddened by this horrific information” and that her workplace was prepared to help within the investigation and assist the sufferer’s households.

Citing courtroom information, The Austin-American Statesman reported that Mr. Broderick’s spouse filed for a protecting order and for divorce shortly after his arrest.

“If you happen to see him, he’s thought-about armed and harmful at this level,” Chief Chacon stated on Sunday. “We nonetheless should not have this scene fully underneath management. Clearly, it is a tragedy. We have now individuals who have misplaced their lives out right here.”

Chief Chacon stated that investigators believed that the gunman knew the individuals who have been shot.

“Our preliminary investigation signifies that he did know the victims and that it was definitely focused to them,” Chief Chacon stated. “Nonetheless, I might say that the hazard nonetheless stays excessive at this level, and we wish to make it possible for folks perceive that half.”

A shelter-in-place order that was issued for residents and companies within the space of the capturing was lifted on Sunday afternoon, however Chief Chacon stated folks within the space must be vigilant and look out for the gunman, who he stated was final seen carrying a grey hooded sweatshirt, sun shades and a baseball cap.

“We’re going to proceed to search for this particular person as a result of he continues to pose a menace to this neighborhood,” Chief Chacon stated. Earlier, the chief had stated the gunman “would possibly probably take a hostage and be himself sheltered someplace ready for us to depart.”

Andy Brown, who, because the Travis County choose is the county’s chief govt, referred to as on state lawmakers in Texas to work to stop shootings just like the one in Austin on Sunday.

“It is a tragedy we endure too usually,” Mr. Brown stated in an interview. “Our legislators have to return collectively to seek out widespread floor to stop mass shootings like this.”

“My coronary heart is damaged right this moment,” he added. “We have to do higher.”

Azi Paybarah contributed reporting.

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