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Monday Shooting Puts Two More Austin Cops on Leave

In what is truly an unprecedented number for Austin, 17 police officers are currently on adminstrative leave for various shootings within the span of about one month.

The latest happened Monday morning on La Naranja Lane in South Austin.  According to APD, police got a call shortly before 1:00 a.m. from a mother who said her son was threatening his father with a gun.  As police arrived, they reported hearing gunfire coing from inside of the house but were able to get both of the parents out unharmed.  

The son then came to the door armed and ready for a fight, at which time Chief Brian Manley said two officers opened fire, hitting the son and prompting him to retreat inside.  Moments later, the wounded son came back to the front door, this time unarmed and with his hands up, at which time he was taken into custody.

He was treated for non-life threatning injuries.  No one else was hurt.

On March 7, five Austin police officers were placed on leave after shooting and killing a man in his driveway when he charged at them with a pickaxe.

On Feburary 19, seven officers ended up on administrative leave for shooting a man who hijacked a taxi and led them on a chase through downtown.

Despite the large number of police currently on leave, Manley does not believe security and public safety will be a problem during South by Southwest.

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