One Dead in Officer-Involved Shooting in Austin
The Austin Police Department (APD) is investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred at 9308 Bernoulli Drive.
At 2:49 a.m., Austin 9-1-1 Communications received a call requesting assistance at 9308 Bernoulli Drive, where the caller was screaming for “help”. The caller provided more details and said someone was stabbing her.
At approximately 2:57 a.m., initial responding patrol officers, who were wearing Austin Police uniforms, arrived near the location in response to the 9-1-1 call which was titled “Shoot/Stab Hotshot.” The officers began to gather additional information, including the suspect’s location. Officers were also notified that two other people were injured inside the residence with the suspect. The suspect was later identified as Mr. Ahmed Mohamed Nassar.
Before the officers arrived at the provided address, a third victim of Mr. Ahmed Nassar was able to escape from the residence and was located by officers and Austin-Travis County EMS in the neighborhood. She said the suspect (Mr. Ahmed Nassar) still had the knife. At 3:03 a.m. she was then transported by Travis-County EMS to a local hospital for the injuries she sustained.
At Approximately 3:00 a.m. based on the information provided to the patrol officers, they made an emergency forced entry into the residence, to rescue the two injured victims. Before the officers made entry, they announced and identified themselves as Austin Police Officers. At approximately 3:01 a.m. as the officers entered, they were fired upon by Mr. Ahmed Nassar. The officers backed out of the residence but did not return fire.
Because Mr. Ahmed Nassar was armed and barricaded inside a residence with two hostages, a SWAT callout was initiated at 3:06 a.m.
At approximately 4:11 a.m. SWAT officers made an emergency entry to rescue the victims. Once the SWAT officers were inside the residence in a back bedroom, Mr. Ahmed Nassar fired his gun at the SWAT officers which caused the SWAT officers to return fire.
At approximately 4:15 a.m. during the exchange of gunfire, information was provided over the police radio that two officers were shot. Officers that were on the scene, along with Austin-Travis County EMS Tactical Medics, courageously and immediately moved the injured officers to safety and began to render medical aid.
The two officers were transported to a local hospital by Austin-Travis County EMS. Despite the tremendous efforts of our officers, Austin Fire Department firefighters, Austin-Travis County EMS medics, and the medical staff at the local hospital, APD Officer Jorge “George” Pastore succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The second officer was admitted to a local hospital for the injuries he sustained during the incident, where he was treated and later released.
Two apparent victims of Mr. Ahmed Nassar were located inside the residence with fatal injuries and were pronounced deceased on the scene. The two victims were later identified as Ms. Eyman Elnemrnassar and Mr. Riad Nassar.
Mr. Ahmed Nassar succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene.
This officer-involved shooting incident was captured on the officers’ body-worn cameras. Per APD policy, APD video relating to this incident will be released within ten business days. Three APD officers discharged their Department-approved firearms. The first officer who discharged his Department-approved firearm has eight years and 11 months of service with the Department. The second officer who discharged his Department-approved firearm has 11 years and four months of service with the Department. The third Officer who discharged their Department-approved firearm has 16 years and 11 months of service with the Austin Police Department. Per APD protocol, all three officers have been placed on administrative leave.
APD will conduct two concurrent investigations into this incident: a criminal investigation conducted by the APD Special Investigations Unit in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and an administrative investigation conducted by the APD Internal Affairs Unit, with oversight from the Office of Police Oversight.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call APD’s Special Investigations Unit at (512) 974-6840 or Capitol Area Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477. For the Capitol Area Crime Stoppers submission, you may submit a tip online at austincrimestoppers.org. You may remain anonymous.