Search on for man involved in East Austin drug deal that ended in violence

The U.S. Marshals are looking for Amiri Lewis, who they believe was involved in a drug deal that ended with one person shot. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

The U.S. Marshals are looking for a man who they believe was involved in a drug deal that ended with one person shot.

The incident happened the morning of April 29 when authorities were called to a home in East Austin.

"When the police arrive, this victim is on his couch trying to prevent himself from bleeding out," said U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla.

The injured man told police that it all started with a drug deal. A man he recognized as Amiri Lewis had shown up to his apartment with another man, whom the victim did not recognize.

"Amiri Lewis is searching for marijuana, some type of drug transaction," Filla said.

He told the officers that it was the unknown man who wanted the drugs, but the drug deal never happened.

"That is when the suspect pulls out a gun which is described to be a riffle and says, 'you know what this is about'", Filla said.

When the victim tried to run away, he was shot.

"It is not described that Lewis is the actual shooter in this event, Lewis is an accomplice," Filla said.

The two escaped before the victim called police and when the report was made, only Lewis was identified.

"He helped assist or plan this type of dangerous criminal activity where an individual could have lost his life," Filla said.

Lewis is charged with aggravated robbery and the U.S. Marshals believe he could still be in Austin and could also lead them to the shooter.

"It looks like drug habit now has specifically got him engaged in something that is very dangerous," Filla said.

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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