Police chief: Several witnesses saw struggle between officer, man who was later killed
POSTED: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 9:28pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 8:30pm
AUSTIN, Texas — Taped 911 calls reveal that several East Austin residents called for help as they witnessed an officer struggle to keep his handgun from a man he later fatally shot Thursday night in East Austin.
"I have reviewed 911 tapes that are very telling," Police Chief Art Acevedo said. "There are people on the street calling in, saying to get the police there right away — this officer is going to lose control of his weapon."
Acevedo revealed few details on the incident Friday but said he would push for the police video and audio tapes that captured it to be made available to the public soon. "For those folks who question whether or not it is a lawful shooting, all I would ask is that you wait, to hold your final judgment until we release this information," he said.
Residents poured onto the streets just minutes after 7 p.m., when authorities said Ahmede Jabbar Bradley, 35, was fatally shot in the yard of a home on Overbrook Drive, near Manor Road and 51st Street. Some expressed frustration at the use of force by police on young, black men in the neighborhood. Others wept and embraced.