Suspect, officers identified in police shootout

Suspect, officers identified in police shootout

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A violent crime spree through Austin included an armed robbery, a pursuit, a shootout with police, and a kidnapping.

Police say 51-year-old, Mark Fruge, had every intent to kill three people Monday afternoon.

Viewer photos sent to FOX 7 show his arrest outside his apartment complex in East Austin. But not before he led officers on a chase and tried to kill three people.

Fallas Discount Store at Capital Plaza off I-35 and 290 was the first crime scene. Police say Fruge robbed an armored car guard inside the store. He also fired off three rounds at a female clerk who was screaming.

When the 51-year-old suspect took off, a witness followed and called 911. Officers caught up with Fruge near Berkman and 290. When the suspect pulled into 7112 Ed Bluestein, police say two officers and Fruge exchanged gunfire before he took off into the woods.

Police say he then carjacked a driver in the 6700 block of Manor Road and made that driver take him home.

Chief Art Acevedo says police found a 10 mm on Fruge as well as the gun and money he took from the armed guard. He also says he's proud of his officers' actions.

"They knew that they had a suspect that was armed, they knew they had a suspect that was absolutely bent on getting away, attempted to kill two cops. As far as they knew, one cop had already been shot and that suspected, armed and dangerous, was taken into custody without the use of deadly force," Acevedo said.

The Chief also stressed the suspect wasn't shot because he made the right decision.

"The suspect was smart enough to not make a move for that gun and was compliant," Acevedo said. "I think if you look at the history of deadly force in this city, I always say there is a common denominator and that common denominator is that the suspect is violently resisting arrest."

FOX 7 also learned that two officers were involved in the shootings. The injured officer, Roosevelt Granderson, had surgery to remove a shard of glass from his knee. He's expected to make a full recovery. Granderson has been with APD for four years.

Aaron Pippin is a five and a half year veteran.

As for the suspect, he's charged with several felonies, two counts of attempted capital murder of a peace office, one count of attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, and aggravated kidnapping. The most serious, two counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison, a place he is familiar with. Fruge already did time for attempted murder and attempted manslaughter.

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