US Marshals searching for man involved in East Austin drug deal that ended in gunfire

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)

Authorities believe 28-year-old Amiri Lewis showed up to an East Austin home back in April looking for marijuana.

"Lewis and another unidentified suspect had an arranged meeting with an individual at an apartment complex," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.

The victim said the two pulled a gun on him.

"He turns around and runs and he receives two gunshots to his back," Filla said.

Lewis is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. His last address was in Austin, but officers believe he could be on the run.

"He was born in Louisiana, we may think he may have fled back to his place of birth," said Filla. "But also, he has some run-ins with law enforcement in the Houston area."

And the longer he's out there, they hope Lewis might slip up.

"Maybe he's gotten secure in going out and about and if he is in the Austin area, maybe he's let his guard down and that's when we can take advantage or maybe get some substantial tip," said Filla.

Lewis is 6-feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He's also known to go by the alias "Cutthroat." If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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