/Hunt for fugitive Austin Detective Stephen Broderick ‘who killed 3 people after being fired over child sex…

Hunt for fugitive Austin Detective Stephen Broderick ‘who killed 3 people after being fired over child sex…

COPS are hunting for a former sheriff’s detective who is suspected of fatally shooting three people in Austin after he was fired for an alleged child sex assault.

Police have named the “armed and dangerous” suspect as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, on Sunday, as SWAT teams and helicopters searched for him after the triple shooting at an apartment complex in the Arboretum area.

Suspect Stephen Nicholas Broderick

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Suspect Stephen Nicholas BroderickCredit: Austin Police Department
Broderick is seen in this photo shared on social media of the Travis County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Association on February 27, 2019

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Broderick is seen in this photo shared on social media of the Travis County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Association on February 27, 2019Credit: Facebook/Travis County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Association
SWAT teams searching for the suspect

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SWAT teams searching for the suspectCredit: Reuters
A Travis County Starlight medical helicopter lands to pick up law enforcement personnel

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A Travis County Starlight medical helicopter lands to pick up law enforcement personnelCredit: Reuters
Three people have been killed after a shooter opened fire in Austin

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Three people have been killed after a shooter opened fire in AustinCredit: AP

Locals were initially warned to stay at home due to fears the shooter could take a hostage, despite police describing the incident as a “domestic situation.”

The three victims – who have yet to be identified – were two women and a man known to Broderick, according to local media outlets.

As of Sunday night, Austin Police Department Chief Joseph Chacon said those in the area no longer had to shelter in place, the Associated Press reported.

He advised people to “remain vigilant,” however, and confirmed that the hunt for the Broderick has become a “fugitive search.”

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The police chief added that all the victims were “known to this suspect.”

“At this point, we do not think this individual is out there targeting random people to shoot,” Chacon said. “That does not mean he is not dangerous.”

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, he revealed that when officers arrived at the scene, “they located three people who were injured and ultimately have been pronounced deceased.”

“All three are adults, we have two Hispanic females and one Black male,” Chacon went on.

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal shooting

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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal shootingCredit: AP

“Our suspect, at this point, we think we know who it is, he is identified and I will be putting his name out because it is a matter of public safety at this point because he is still not in custody.

“He is tentatively identified as Stephen Nicholas Broderick, he’s a Black male, 41 years of age, he’s described as being 5ft7 with an average build, wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

“We are concerned he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave.”

Broderick was a former detective with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, according to KEYE TV, who noted that a child was involved but is now safely in police custody.

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement on Sunday that Broderick was charged with first-degree felony sexual assault of a child in June last year.

He was arrested on a $50,000 bond, the DA’s office said.

Austin Police Interim Chief Joseph Chacon addresses the media during a press briefing at the scene

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Austin Police Interim Chief Joseph Chacon addresses the media during a press briefing at the sceneCredit: Reuters
Police have asked 'residents to shelter in place'

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Police have asked ‘residents to shelter in place’Credit: AP

On Sunday, the DA’s office added in a statement that they filed a motion to revoke the bond and are “actively supporting the Austin Police Department and law enforcement who are using all available resources to apprehend Mr. Broderick.”

When asked earlier Sunday if the suspect was a former detective facing child sex charges, Chacon had refused to confirm.

He said: “We do have some preliminary information that he might be prior law enforcement, but I don’t have that confirmed at this time.”

According to an arrest affidavit seen by the Austin American-Statesman, the assault happened at a home in the town of Elgin.

The victim cried to her mother, who took her to an exam, the outlet reported.

SWAT teams at the scene in the Arboretum area

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SWAT teams at the scene in the Arboretum areaCredit: KTBC
An Austin police officer runs near a Travis County Starflight helicopter that stopped to pick up law enforcement personnel

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An Austin police officer runs near a Travis County Starflight helicopter that stopped to pick up law enforcement personnelCredit: Reuters

Doctors then confirmed the abuse, the affidavit said.

Chacon added that cops don’t know if the suspect is in a vehicle or on foot but that he is being searched for, including by helicopters.

“What we are asking from the residents in this area is continue to shelter in place. This is still an ongoing and active investigation and we do not have this individual in custody.”

He said Broderick knew the victims but didn’t elaborate on how or provide a motive for the shootings. Chacon also said a child was involved, but that they have been located and are safe.

Chacon added the three were not shot in a building but did not immediately give any further details.

People watching on as emergency personnel search the area

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People watching on as emergency personnel search the areaCredit: AP
Three people have been shot dead in Austin

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Three people have been shot dead in AustinCredit: Alamy
Police SWAT along with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) and FBI investigate the scene

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Police SWAT along with the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) and FBI investigate the sceneCredit: Alamy

There are also several ambulances and two SWAT trucks at the scene, and two police helicopters.

The police chief described Broderick as a black male, standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall.

He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, baseball cap and sunglasses.

Police do not know if Broderick is in a vehicle or if he’s moving by foot, Chacon said.

Cops have urged anyone with information to call 911.

Images from the scene showed a large presence of emergency responders, including dozens of police cars.

Police have identified the suspect as they search for him

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Police have identified the suspect as they search for himCredit: Alamy
The area has been taped off

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The area has been taped offCredit: Reuters

Austin-Travis County EMS spokeswoman Capt. Christa Stedman said early this afternoon that it was still an active scene in the 9600 block of Great Hills Trail and that no arrests have been made.

She said the first 911 call came in shortly before 11.45am and that three adults were fatally shot.

Stedman said she did not know the exact location where the three people were killed, but that emergency personnel responded to an area that included a strip mall, several retail stores with a large apartment complex behind it.

Cops closed Loop 360 in both directions from Spicewoods Springs to 183 due to the incident.

Josh Katzowitz, who had been shopping at the nearby Trader Joes, said police and ambulances came pouring in to the area as he was leaving. He didn’t hear any shooting.

“The cops had their guns out”, he told Associated Press.

“Some had pistols, some had rifles and they were strapping on bulletproof vests.

“There were all of a sudden ambulances, sirens and police cars. There were cops coming from everywhere.”

It comes just days a suspected teen shooter stormed an Indianapolis FedEx facility on Thursday night, killing eight and injuring seven before turning the gun on himself.

Meanwhile, Dr Anthony Fauci has weighed in on gun control as he branded the recent spate of mass shootings across the country a “public health emergency”.

“When you see people getting killed, I mean, in this last month, it’s just been horrifying what’s happened,” the president’s chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci told  CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Last month, the House passed a gun control legislation that would expand background checks on all commercial firearm sales and transfers including those sold between parties, online, and at gun shows.

Cops say the incident 'appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated'

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Cops say the incident ‘appears this is a domestic situation that is isolated’Credit: AP
Police have told people to avoid the area

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Police have told people to avoid the areaCredit: AP

The bill needs to pass the Senate for the legislation to be approved but members of the GOP are resisting the outlined gun reform, according to CNN.

Some GOP members think there are enough background checks in place while others believe that the root cause of crimes should be addressed instead

“How can you say that’s not a public health issue?”

Several shootings have broken out across the country over the last week. 

Last night, a woman was killed and at least five people were injured when they were shot during a vigil for a gun violence victim in Columbus, Ohio.

LaToya Renee Carpenter, 32, was killed when a gunman opened fire on a group she was with at a parking lot of a Dollar General store, according to local reports.

Mass protests erupted in streets across the nation this month over the police killings of Adam Toledo and Daunte Wright.

Protests demanding justice for Toledo and Wright have turned violent in different parts of the country as clashes broke out in Chicago, NYC, and Minnesota.

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