SWAT Officer Shoots Suspect Armed With a Gun in Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas — On Friday, September 23, 2022, at approximately 9:19 a.m., Austin Police Department received a 9-1-1 call of a disturbance between a man and a woman regarding child custody in the 6100 block of Fairway Street. Patrol officers were dispatched to the location of the call. The woman caller provided information that a man had a gun in his pocket and displayed it. It was also indicated that children were involved. The man was later identified as Antonio Gonzales. Patrol officers arrived on scene in marked APD vehicles at 9:35 a.m. Upon the officer’s arrival, Gonzales did not have the children in his custody. Gonzales exited a vehicle and began walking around in the middle of the 1700 block of Brassie Street, near the previous call location. He was armed with a handgun. He point the gun at his head placing it against his temple and then placed it in his waistband. Officers made verbal contact with Gonzales and attempted to de-escalate the situation by engaging with him and providing him with commands to lay on the ground.

Officers on scene repeatedly told Gonzales they did not want him to get hurt and wanted to help. Gonzales did not comply with any of the several commands. During verbal contact with officers, Gonzales said he was going to kill himself several times. A crisis intervention officer arrived on scene at 9:43 a.m. At 9:47 a.m., SWAT was called to the scene. While waiting for SWAT’s arrival, officers on scene continued to ask Gonzales to drop the gun. At 9:51 a.m., Gonzales said he would shoot himself if officers refused to shoot him. At 9:53 a.m., the first officer trained as a hostage negotiator arrived on scene and began communicating with Gonzales. At 9:59 a.m., the first SWAT officer arrived on scene. This became an “open-air SWAT call,” which describes a situation where a subject is not inside a vehicle or a structure, and they are in an outside environment threatening themselves and or others. Officers were concerned for the safety of Gonzales and other people in the neighborhood, so officers attempted to evacuate all of the homes in the immediate area. There were some residents inside the homes who decided not to evacuate, and instead chose to shelter in place.

For approximately two hours, APD crisis intervention officers and hostage negotiators attempted to de-escalate the situation by speaking to Gonzales through both a loudspeaker and a mobile phone. The gun Gonzales had placed in his waistband remained visible to the officers, and was easily accessible to Gonzales. At 11:51 a.m., SWAT officers approached Gonzales with taser and less-lethal means to attempt to take him into custody. SWAT Officer Oborski and SWAT Sergeant DeLaRue deployed two Department issued Tasers, and SWAT Officer Olejar deployed Department issued less-lethal munitions at Gonzales, but these means were ineffective. Gonzales then reached for his gun and attempted to pull it from his waistband. SWAT Officer Coker fired his Department issued firearm towards Gonzales striking him. Gonzales then fell to the ground. After officers confirmed that Gonzales was no longer a threat, they approached him to provide life-saving measures. At 11:59 a.m., Gonzales succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene. The woman who originally called 9-1-1 and the children were unharmed. Civilians and the officers on scene did not sustain physical injuries.

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Timestamps:
0:00 – 911 Audio
4:16 – Drone Footage
8:43 – Bodycam: Officer Olejar
9:19 – Bodycam: Officer Coker

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25 thoughts on “SWAT Officer Shoots Suspect Armed With a Gun in Austin, Texas

  1. Was too coward to just take his own life and be done with it so instead he put his ex in a scary situation and forced PDs hands to end his miserable life for him. At least now the ex is free of him permanently but it's an unfortunate deal.

  2. I hate to see someone who forces an officer to shoot them. I know it was his choice, but I feel for the swat team officer that did. I know they have training but still he has to live with that. Prayers for both the guys soul and the officer.

  3. WOW. ANOTHER EXECUTION BY THE WARMONGERING TRIGGER HAPPY FASCIST LYING PIGS. "WERE HERE TO HELP YOU". RIGHT. AND AT WHAT POINT WAS ANY OF THE FASCIST PIGS LIVES IN "IMMINENT DANGER"???? NEVER.

  4. This one was a great shoot! Big props to that station for handling this one 100% correctly in this day and age youd expect this quality out of every station in America especially for the taxes citizens pay!

  5. I thought 911 dispatchers were supposed to stay on the line with the caller until police arrived. Especially when little kids are involved.
    She told the caller she's sending someone out and to call back if anything changes. What if the suspect made a move towards the car or started shooting at her? She's actually expected to call again?
    And does it really matter if the gun is in his hands or pockets? He has a gun period. He could take it out of his waistband, hold it and put it back in his waistband several times. Was the caller supposed to call each time he moved the gun?
    I'm very impressed that they didn't hit the red vehicle or the pup in the yard who was very close to those bullets from all directions being fired.

  6. Who In there right mind challenges a armored car with armored swat inside with rifles and also have a fucking robot 😂I can’t make this shit up.

  7. omg the police are so militarized, they should have let him walk around and be a danger to the public whilst posing a threat to an under-equipped police department 😭

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