Statesman: Austin police at scene of a shooting involving an officer in N. Austin

There’s now a story at the site: “Warren Hassinger, spokesman for Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services, said EMS transported a man to Brackenridge Hospital with critical injuries earlier today. He did not release the man’s name or age.” It happened near 183 and I-35. According to News 8 Austin, “Police (had responded) to the scene in a four-plex encountered a black man with a knife.” But the injuries are non-life-threatening. The police had held an information fest in North Austin last Saturday.

Update: KXAN has some details about the shooting: “Heilman, a four-year veteran, fired his weapon once and hit Roberts in the cheek. Roberts was transported to Brackenridge Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” I’m wondering why he would aim for the man’s cheek when he could hit his extremities instead to disable them.

Update: Officer William Heilman, who shot the knife-wielding man, said he did so because the man (Ernest Roberts) was “too close to him.”

Update: The story gets weirder and weirder. The arrest affidavit says that Roberts did not take the knives out of his pocket and “he refused several orders to take his hands out of his pockets and repeatedly told the officers to shoot.” He had a last will and testament in his pocket. So he was on a suicide mission and the officers were happy to oblige? Police filed an aggravated assault charge against Roberts yesterday.

Update: A Taser instructor has criticized the APD’s taser policy in this case and the Clark death.

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