Published: Mon, April 19, 2021
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3 people fatally shot in Texas, suspect-at-large

3 people fatally shot in Texas, suspect-at-large

Police in Austin, Texas, launched a manhunt on Sunday for a suspect, believed to be a former sheriff's detective, after three people were shot dead in an apartment complex earlier in the day.

Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said those who live near where the shooting happened late Sunday morning no longer had to shelter in place, but he said they should "remain vigilant".

Police identified the suspect, still at large, as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41.

The shooting appears to be "a domestic situation that is isolated", a tweet from Austin police said.

Chacon said the danger remains high and authorities asked area residents to shelter in place as authorities search for the suspect.

The suspect in the deadly shooting that took place in Austin, Texas, is reported to be a former sheriff's detective who was charged with sexually assaulting a child in June past year. Broderick might have known the victims that were targeted.

Chacon said police believe Broderick meant to shoot the victims but said that "danger remains high" and advised the community to continue to shelter in place while police searched for him.

Austin police said that the three bodies located were all adults, including two Hispanic females, and one Black male. Broderick resigned from the department after his arrest past year, according to the report. A child linked to this incident is safe, Chacon said.

Broderick's wife filed for divorce and a protective order after his arrest, the Statesman first reported, citing court documents.

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