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Homeowner's 911 Call Leads To Fatal Faceoff With Austin Police
An Austin man is dead after police responded to a 911 call from his duplex on Lanshire Drive on the city's north side. Neighbors witnessed the shooting where the homeowner and the police drew guns on each other. The elderly homeowner, identified as 70-year-old John Schaefer, had called 911 to report he had shot and killed a pit bull that had entered his backyard. Neighbors who didn't want to be identified say Schaefer was still armed when police arrived.
The neighbors couldn't say what prompted the shooting, but Police Chief Art Acevedo says Schaefer was armed, refused to surrender his semi-automatic weapon to police, and at one point aimed it at an officer. He adds, "The officer immediately drew his firearm and aimed it at the subject ... and unfortunately because the subject was threatening the officer with deadly force ... the officer discharged his weapon striking the subject." Police say the officer immediately called for EMS, but witnesses say the man was obviously deceased.
Chief Acevedo says the 911 dispatcher had advised Schaefer to put his gun away before police arrived and that Schaefer said he would not do that.
The officer Involved in the shooting has been identified as Jonathan Whitted. He's been with APD since September of 2009, and has been place on administrative leave as the investigation continues.
By Fred Cantu