Update 6:22 p.m. ET: The suspect in Sunday’s shooting in Austin has been identified as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective. The suspect allegedly gunned down two women and one man near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway in Austin. He is 5’7? tall, according to police, and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and a baseball cap. He is considered “armed and dangerous.”
Broaderick was placed on leave, and then resigned, from the sheriff’s office in June 2020 after being charged with the sexual assault of a child. He was out on a $100,000 bond while Texas Rangers investigated the case.
Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said in a statement that his office is “actively supporting the Austin Police Department and law enforcement who are using all available resources to apprehend” Broderick.
Three people are dead at the scene of a shooting in Austin, Texas, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said on Sunday afternoon. No other injuries have been reported at this time.
The Austin Police Department is describing the event as an “active shooting incident” and warning residents to “shelter in place” and avoid the area, suggesting the suspect is still at large.
Police are reportedly searching the woods near the crime scene for the shooter, whom they believe was responsible for what they are calling an “isolated” “domestic situation.”
A heavy police presence is on the scene:
The shooting comes hours after there people were killed and two seriously injured in a Kenosha, Wisc., tavern shooting:
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said the suspect in the shooting at Somers House Tavern in Kenosha County is still at large, but that he believes the public is not in danger.
“We believe our suspect knew who he was targeting,” Beth said during a Sunday morning news conference. He asked that anyone with information about the shooting contact the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department. Kenosha is about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Milwaukee, not far from the Wisconsin-Illinois border.
PJ Media’s Bryan Preston has reported recently on the defunding of police by Austin’s mayor and city council. He reported Saturday that a task force, made up of activists, many of them vehemently anti-police, released recommendations that would completely decimate the police budget and defang the force. Austin police, meanwhile, have been retiring and resigning at an alarming rate and cadet classes for new hires have been canceled. Meanwhile, the murder rate in the city has skyrocketed.