Suspect in 6th St. police shooting claims self-defense

Suspect in 6th St. police shooting claims self-defense

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The woman, who police say is behind the officer involved shooting on 6th Street early Saturday morning, is speaking out.

We aren't using her name but the 24-year-old says she just got off work from a 6th St. bar, walked to her car, honked to get people out of the way, and that's when some of them started attacking her car.

Police said on Saturday that she ran over two pedestrians before heading toward an officer, forcing that officer to fire his gun.

Chief Art Acevedo said Saturday that the officer used deadly force because he was afraid for his life and for others.

The driver says she wasn't drunk.

Meantime, others who work on 6th St say this incident is just latest example of violence downtown.

Meantime, those who work on 6th Street say this incident is just latest example of violence downtown.

Four gun shots fired by an Austin Police officer. Police say he was trying to save his life as well as others after a 24-year driver ran over two pedestrians and headed for the officer.

Jason Patten, a musician was playing that night.

"It was pandemonium for a minute," said Patten. "Heard some screeching tires and immediately followed by three gun shots and all we saw were people running in the doors here as if Godzillas was in the street just headed this way."

Patton plays 6th Street often and says he is worried about the increasing violence downtown. He points to the shooting on 6th Street that injured four people in July.

"I'm very worried, very worried, very worried. I love this street there's an energy here. To me this is where the spirit of rock and roll is. I spent a lot of time in Nashville Tenn. spent a lot of time in other cities, here is where I like to be but the danger element is getting pretty bad," said Patten.

Nathan Holman was bartending Friday night. He was on the roof and saw the after math.

"I've seen my share of insanity down here," said Holman. "It is getting a little crazy. It is."

But not crazy enough for him to worry. Patten says otherwise.

"It's scary because you never know what's going to happen. I could have a loved one or a band mate, anybody walking in the streets and someone can decide to just rip out of here in their vehicle. The cops do what they got to do but anytime you hear screeching and gunshots on a closed street, it'll freak you out," said Patten.

APD's forensic lab got the suspect's blood on Monday. A complete blood analysis will be performed to check for alcohol and drugs. The results are expected this week.

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