A recent shooting in Bryan County, Texas has left one dead and four others critically injured. A DPS trooper was also shot after trying to arrest the shooter.
After an overnight manhunt, police last week apprehended a man suspected of fatally shooting three people near a shopping plaza in northern Austin a day earlier. Stephen Broderick, 41, was arrested near Manor, Texas, about 15 miles east of where the shooting occurred shortly before noon on Sunday, local media reported. A citizen reportedly spotted him walking on the street and called 911. Broderick was reportedly arrested without incident. Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon identified Broderick, a former detective with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, as the suspect during a news conference Sunday. Broderick was described as a Black male last seen wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap.
By the time officers arrived, the shooter was gone. “At this site, when law enforcement showed up it was already over with,” Bryan Police Lt. Jason James said earlier. Employees of the cabinet-making business were being interviewed and witnesses had identified a suspect. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent dogs to the scene of the shooting, said spokesman Deon Washington. A DPS trooper is said to have been shot while pursuing “an individual suspected of being involved in the shooting.” The trooper remains in serious but stable condition, the agency said. Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said about two hours after the attack, the suspect was arrested in Bedias, a tiny community about 25 miles northeast of Bryan [FOX].
The Elgin School District identified two of the victims as Alyssa Broderick and Willie Simmons III. Alyssa Broderick was a student in the district until she withdrew in October 2020, according to a statement from the school district. Simmons was a senior at Elgin High School, located about 25 miles east of the shooting site, the statement said. Their relationship to the suspect was not immediately clear. Chacon said Sunday that the shooting was not a random attack, but an isolated incident in which Broderick targeted people he knew. As the fugitive search unfolded, Chacon warned that Broderick was “armed and dangerous” and encouraged people to call 911 if they saw anything suspicious. “We are concerned that he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave,” Chacon said. “We don’t know if he’s in a vehicle or if he’s on foot.” Broderick resigned from the sheriff’s office last year after he was arrested and charged in June 2020 with sexual assault of a child and family violence [HuffPost].
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