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    AUSTIN — A rookie police officer is being described as a hero for killing a robbery suspect who was firing an assault rifle in a residential neighborhood Thursday.

    The early-morning shooting and hunt for other suspects kept a half-mile area on the city's northeast side blocked off all day and caused Austin school district officials to close seven schools.

    Officer Will Ray, 22, returned fire after the suspect, armed with an AK-47 and wearing a bulletproof vest, shot at police while running away.

    Not only were Ray and other officers in danger, residents sleeping in nearby homes could have been hit by stray fire from the powerful weapon, said Police Chief Art Acevedo.

    "He responded appropriately, and I think heroically, this morning," Acevedo said at an afternoon briefing with reporters.

    Earlier shooting wounds 2
    Ray has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

    The dead suspect, an adult man, is believed to have been involved in an earlier shooting at a nearby residence that left two people wounded.

    One man was treated and released, and a second was hospitalized and is expected to survive.

    Police are pursuing aggravated robbery charges against two other men taken into custody and were searching for two more men.

    Seven schools on the city's northeast side did not open Thursday because of the hunt for suspects, who were believed to be armed.

    Austin school district police Cpt. David Rider said the decision to keep children home was made as buses were about to start their rounds to pick up elementary school students. He said that as the situation changed later, buses were allowed to pick up students and drop them off at their middle school, located next to a closed elementary school.

    However, parents expressed concern about the middle school being open, and officials decided to send those students home, Rider said.

    The mayhem began with an initial call shortly before 4 a.m. of fighting at a residence. Arriving officers heard gunshots, Acevedo said, and spotted the suspects fleeing in pickup.

    Quick reaction
    After a chase that lasted about nine minutes, the pickup crashed at a closed hamburger stand.

    Five men left the vehicle and began running away, police said. One fired an AK-47 at police and Ray fired back, striking the man, who died at the scene, the chief said.

    Ray has been an Austin police officer since January. Acevedo said his quick reaction Thursday is a testament to the training.

    "When you are in a tremendously stressful situation, if you are a 22-year-old man who is new to law enforcement and engaged a suspect who is armed much more heavily than you are ... you're either going to fall back on experience, or you're going to fall back on training," he said.

    The two men taken into custody were not wearing body armor, but a second bulletproof vest was found in the pickup along with a shotgun and other weapons, Acevedo said.

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    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
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  • #2
    way to go!!!!!!!!!!!! He saved alot of lives yesterday.
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde


    • #3
      Nice job!!!! He deserves a change of pants and a medal!
      "...and the taking of a life is murder. And the punishment for murder is.... well it varies from state to state and by race, but...." - Homer J Simpson.

      Police: "Stop and we'll shoot!"
      Dilbert: "Stop AND we'll shoot? If you're gonna shoot, why should we stop?"
      Police: "Well, it would be alot easier for us. The targets at the shooting range don't run."

      R.I.P. Momma Coleman. You may have left our world, but you have NOT left our hearts.


      • #4
        Outstanding job by the rookie! Looks like he was trained well. Would be nice if a group of citizens got together to express their thanks.
        NRA Life Member

        The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence. - Sir Robert Peel

        Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats. - H. L. Mencken


        • #5
          I hate the anti-gun rhetoric in articles like these, calling it an "AK 47" and an "assault rifle" when I highly doubt it was, more likely just a junky wasr. Although, because it's texas, it's possible it could have been brought up from Central America and perhaps it was an actual ak 47. But calling the 7.62X39mm rounds it shoots "powerful". I could walk into any sporting goods store and come out with a firearm chambered in something far more powerful than this. But good job on the officer's part nonetheless.
          Last edited by caseypj; 11-08-2008, 09:18 AM.


          • #6
            great job!!
            Time flies...it's up to you to be the navigator.


            • #7
              I'd like to shake the guys hand. Thats definitely heroic in the highest regard. Going right into danger when others are coming away is all about what separates every day Joes (like Joe the plumber!!) from heroes like this.


              • #8
                I bet he's walking on clouds right now.

                Way to go, Ofc. Ray! Have fun on your three days of vaccation!

                EDIT: Wonder what the distance was and what he shot him with (pistol, shot gun or rifle)?


                • #10
                  My guess is he's not walking on clouds but thankful he's not the one dead. Hope he's doing okay. APD has every right to be proud of his performance and so does he.


                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Sgt. Slaughter View Post
                    Outstanding job by the rookie! Looks like he was trained well. Would be nice if a group of citizens got together to express their thanks.

                    Instead, some "community activists" will organize a protest against the officer for violating some career criminal's civil rights.

                    "Oh, but he was really a good man who was just misguided and ran with the wrong crowd."

                    Seriously, though, HUGE PROPS to that officer who acted swiftly, bravely and decisively in the face of danger!!

                    The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

                    The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.


                    "Ignorance on fire is hotter than knowledge on ice."


                    • #12
                      show off!
                      ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
                      Oscar Wilde


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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by VA Dutch View Post

                          "Oh, but he was really a good man who was just misguided and ran with the wrong crowd."

                          And, found, to his dismay, that he wasn't running fast enough.
                          If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

                          ---Jack Handey


                          • #15
                            the officer must've been a excellent shot, taking a guy out with a AK-47 with bullet proof vest. They say police officers can't shoot, I laugh at that statement.


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