Round Rock police released video of a high-speed chase down I-35 that was led by a man that was shot and killed by Austin police a month later.
At 6:45 p.m. on August 5, Maurice Paladino was captured on video walking into a Lowe's in Round Rock. Once inside he is seen browsing the power tools. He grabs a couple and heads to the checkout counter. Police say the credit card he is shown using was stolen in a vehicle break-in.
A little more than an hour later, a Round Rock police officer races down I-35 in pursuit of grey Hyundai Sonata. According to a 9-1-1 caller, they'd just witnessed the driver of the Hyundai, later identified as Paladino, break into a car in a Saltgrass Steakhouse parking lot and take off.
Even as the officer hits 100 miles per hour it takes a while for him to catch up. Finally at Grand Avenue Parkway, the officer gets behind the Hyundai at a light. Paladino puts on his turn signal and pulls into a gas station. He circles the pumps and takes off again. He runs through a red light and disappears down the feeder road. The officer makes the call to terminate the pursuit.
According to court paperwork, Paladino stole the Hyundai in June to get away from Austin officers who were attempting to detain him at a pawn shop for trying to pawn stolen items.
On August 29, Austin police respond to a robbery and get into a pursuit with the Hyundai. The driver, Paladino, gets away again, and ditches the car.
In late September, Austin police say he stole another vehicle from a South Austin dealership.
When officers tracked him down, they say he got into the vehicle and attempted to run them down trying to get away. An officer fired. Paladino died the next day.
At the time of his death, Paladino had 16 warrants out for his arrest, including the incidents on video in Round Rock.