An Austin police officer has been put on administrative leave after shooting at an unarmed 55-year-old man during a traffic stop Wednesday morning in East Austin. The officer was only feet away from the man and missed, but questions are now being raised why the officer fired on the driver in the first place.
The officer pulled the man over for running a red light in the 3300 block of East 12th Street. The officer claims the driver got out of his pickup and began walking towards the police car and refused commands to stop and get back in his truck.
According to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo the officer said the driver made a “furtive movement.” Furtive movement? That means that the driver allegedly made a secretive reach into a pocket.
That’s when the officer drew his gun and fired.
It’s good thing he missed. The cop came very close to killing an innocent man.
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