Officer-Involved Shooting In Austin Leaves Gunman Dead
A gunman opened fire on multiple buildings in downtown Austin early Friday morning, the Austin Police Department confirmed via Twitter. The gunman reportedly shot at Austin police headquarters during the rampage, triggering an officer-involved shooting around 2 a.m. local time. Police said they shot at the suspect, who later died from his injuries. No civilians or police officers were injured in the shooting.
Following the shooting, Austin police called in a bomb squad to check out the crime scene, NBC affiliate KXAN reported. Police said the suspect left a suspicious, possibly explosive, device near police headquarters. Authorities sent a bomb-disposal robot to examine the device.
Austin Police Department Chief of Staff Raul Munguia said in a media briefing Friday morning that the suspect targeted "multiple downtown buildings," but police headquarters appeared to be the main target. Although the suspect, whose name is being withheld, died Friday morning, police are going about the investigation with "extreme safety" because of the alleged explosive device, Munguia said.
According to KVUE-TV, authorities are currently investigating an address in North Austin, where they believe the suspect lived. Authorities are reportedly searching the home for other explosive devices. The Austin Police Department also said that the suspect was wearing a vest when officers encountered him outside police headquarters.
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