A security guard at a downtown condominium complex saw a suspect breaking into cars. The security guard then began chasing the suspect and the officer, who was in a patrol car, saw the pursuit and called for backup.
While the Officer and the security Officer were attempting to restrain the suspect, the suspect managed to produce a weapon and shoot the officer below his ballistic vest in the abdomen. The officer immediately returned fire leaving the suspect dead at the scene.
The Officer was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he underwent surgery and emerged with little difficulty. He was said to be in stable condition.
The Officer has not been named but was said to be a 9 year veteran of the Austin Police Department. There has been no release of the suspects name at this time.