AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Austin Police Department has identified the man shot by an officer on Christmas Eve night in northeast Austin after witnesses said he was waving around a rifle and fired shots in the air.
Police said the man shot dead was 29-year-old Juventino Navejar. He is in stable condition in a hospital, the APD said.
The incident happened near US Highway 183, Cameron Road and East Anderson Lane just after 10:30 p.m. last Friday.
What the police say happened
A caller reported to 911 an accident involving two vehicles at US 183 and Cameron Road, and a man whose face was bleeding. After the first 911 call, other callers reported a shirtless man walking around the crash carrying and waving a black rifle, police said.
Other updates from callers reported that the man was also pointing the gun at people and firing shots in the air. APD agents intervened in the area to try to find the accident and the armed man.
About 20 minutes after the first call to 911, an ODA officer found the man with the rifle on the sidewalk, walking south on the 2400 block of Northbound Frontage Road 183 in the United States, ODA said. The man was later identified as Navejar.
The officer stopped his patrol car, took his gun, got out of the car and began to order the man to drop his gun. APD said he had not listened and continued to walk towards the officer with the rifle.
It was then that the APD officer fired a shot, hitting Navejar, who fell to the ground, police said. The officer was able to pull the rifle away from Navejar.
Other APD officers responded to the scene and began providing medical aid to Navejar. Austin-Travis County EMS also responded, treated Navejar and took him to the hospital. APD said his injuries were serious but not life-threatening.
APD said witnesses and officers at the scene were not injured.
Officer on administrative leave
The APD said that, in accordance with its protocol, the officer who fired the shot was placed on administrative leave. The officer, who has not been named, served two and a half years with the ODA.
The ODA said two investigations will be conducted – a criminal investigation conducted by the ODA’s Special Investigations Unit alongside the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and an administrative investigation conducted by the Internal Affairs Unit of the ODA. ‘ODA and the police control office.
The officer’s shooting was recorded on body cameras, the APD said. The department is expected to release video footage of the incident within 10 working days of its occurrence, under a new policy implemented in July.
Anyone with information about this police shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.