POLICE are hunting an alleged killer cop they fear shot three people dead after he was fired from his job.
Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, was described as “armed and dangerous” as SWAT teams and helicopters searched for him after the triple shooting at an apartment complex in the Arboretum area.
The three victims – who have yet to be identified – were two women and a man known to Broderick, according to local media outlets.
Austin Police Department Chief Joseph Chacon said “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.”
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.
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.
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Source: The Sun
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