Warrant: Man shot by police engaged in ‘stand-off’ with officer
John Schaefer, the man killed by an Austin police earlier this month, was involved in a “stand-off” with an officer before he was shot twice in the chest, according to a search warrant released by APD Wednesday.
The document reveals new details of the shooting, including testimony from a passerby in the neighborhood who saw the two men with guns pointed at each other. It also said Schaefer refused to be handcuffed by officers outside of his North Austin home after he repeatedly declined to discard his own weapon.
The warrant, dated on the day of the shooting, was sought to search Schaefer’s duplex for multiple firearms, including revolvers, shotguns and pistols, along with various types of ammunition.
Around 7:30 a.m. on March 1, Schaefer called 911 to report he shot a pit-bull that attacked him his backyard, located in the 10000 block of Lanshire Drive, near the intersection of Kramer Lane and Metric Boulevard.
Schaefer told the dispatcher he was still armed and had a concealed handgun license. The dispatcher asked him to put away his weapon before police arrived, but Schaefer refused.
Two Austin police officers arrived on scene, inducing John Whitted, a veteran of APD since 2009. When the officers arrived, they again asked Schaefer to put away his weapon which was in a holster on his waist, but he again refused to disarm.
“In an effort to make the scene safe,” the warrant reads, “Officer Whitted attempted to handcuff Schaefer. Schaefer resisted by pulling away and stated, ‘Don’t do that,’ and then reached for and drew his side arm and pointed it at Whitted.”
That is when Officer Whitted felt his safety was jeopardized and fired his own weapon at Schaefer two times in the chest, killing him, according to the warrant.
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