Police shot and killed an armed gunman after he opened fire at “multiple” government buildings early this morning in downtown Austin, Tx.
The gunman, who has not been identified, fired nearly 30 rounds into a federal courthouse, the Mexican Consulate, and the Austin Police headquarters at 2:22 AM local time before being shot by a police officer. According to KXAN, emergency personnel then attempted to treat the suspect, before noticing what appeared to be an improvised explosive device in his car and that he was wearing a “suspicious vest,” forcing them to retreat and call in a bomb squad. The man eventually died, but as of 6 AM EST, authorities have not been able to approach him due to the ongoing threat of a potential bomb.
This event has happened only days after the Austin police held a tactical hold drill infront of Austin police headquarters.
kagstv.com: About 300 Austin police officers wearing helmets and other tactical gear in front of police headquarters Monday were taking part in a surprise drill, the department said. Officers also blocked a section of 8th Street between the Interstate 35 frontage road and Red River Street as the officers gathered in the streets.
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