Police ID man killed in SE Austin officer-involved shooting
Police have identified the man killed early Tuesday morning after an officer-involved shooting in Southeast Austin.
Police say it all started Monday night at around 10:26 p.m. when officials attempted to make a traffic stop in the 6400 block of South I-35. The driver evaded police, but officials decided not to start a pursuit. Police researched the car's license plates and contacted the owners, who said they were the driver's parents. They told police their son -- identified as 27-year-old Paul Andrew Cantu -- texted them to say he was in a different car and recently crashed it.
At 1:40 a.m., police responded to the crash in the 7500 block of E. William Cannon Dr. But upon arrival, officers requested assistance because Cantu, who was inside the car, had a gun and was holding it to his head, investigators said.
He was shot by two officers when he pointed his gun at them, police said. Cantu was transported by EMS to South Austin Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
The entire incident was captured on body-worn cameras, as well as the in-car camera system, police say.
The officers involved in this shooting have been identified are officers Luis Camacho and Robert Mattingly. Both officers have been with the department for two years, APD said. As is standard protocol, both have been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigating continues.