Brownfield man fatally shot after firing at Austin PD
AUSTIN, TX (AP/KCBD) - We're learning more about a deadly stand-off in Austin.
We now know the suspect who was fatally shot by a police sniper overnight has close ties to the South Plains.
Investigators have identified the man as former Brownfield resident Sawyer Flache, age 27.
He was a 2005 graduate of Brownfield High School.
Police in Austin say everything started around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, when neighbors called 911 saying a man was shooting at street lights in their neighborhood. Callers said he had multiple weapons.
Officers arrived along with the Austin Police Department's helicopter.
Police say officers on the ground took cover for about an hour a half. Flache kept shooting from his driveway at the responding officers, the S.W.A.T. team and the helicopter, with one shot hitting the helicopter's rotor blade.
An Austin PD sniper fatally shot Flache shortly after midnight.
Police say there were two children asleep inside the home at the time of the stand-off. Austin PD also found pistols, rifles and shotguns that they believe belonged to Flache.
Neighbors say they're shocked at what unfolded so close to their homes.
"Yeah, we are, we can't even believe it. I can't believe he's dead."
Austin PD's helicopter suffered some damage but neither of the two men inside were injured.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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