Former Travis County Detective Stephen Nicholas Broderick is accused of shooting and killing 3 people, 2 women and a man, in an Austin (TX) apartment building today. Law enforcement now believes the shootings were a domestic situation. A child was found at the scene, unharmed, The child is safe now in custody. The Sheriff's Office believes he was familiar with the victims. Originally thinking this was an active shooter situation, law enforcement authorities, including FBI agents, called for a shelter in place order. Several businesses in the area closed for the day after the shelter in place announcement. That order has since been released. Helicopters have searched the wooded area less than a mile from the site of the shooting.
Broderick remains on the run and authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous. He has a pending felony charge for sexual assault of a child from mid-2020. Austin Interim Police Chief Joe Chacon says there's concern Broderick may take a hostage and is sheltered somewhere waiting for law enforcement to clear the area. Broderick is a 41 year old black man, five-seven who last seen in a gray hoodie, baseball cap and sunglasses.
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