Police fatally shoot man in South Austin
Chief says officers responded appropriately; victim's brother says death could have been avoided
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo defended two law enforcement officials involved in a fatal shooting early Monday in South Austin, saying, "I would not have asked any more" of them.
A Travis County sheriff's deputy and an Austin police officer, responding to a domestic disturbance call, opened fire on Roger Tyrone James, 38, after he aimed a handgun at them, Acevedo said.....
Ramsey was nearby and arrived first. He met the woman, who had a large bump on her head, Acevedo said. Berry arrived a short time later. The woman told him there was a handgun and ammunition inside, police said.
Berry knocked loudly on the door and tried to coax James out. James emerged with a pistol and then quickly retreated inside and closed the door, Acevedo said. Berry then drew his pistol. Ramsey fetched his shotgun, Acevedo said.
James re-emerged and brandished the pistol, Acevedo said . Berry fired and missed. Ramsey fired a shotgun round that struck James in the chest, Acevedo said . James fell to the ground, and Berry gave him CPR, Acevedo said. James died a few minutes later.