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Girlfriend of man shot by police tells her story

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The girlfriend of the man shot by an Austin police officer Tuesday spoke to FOX 7 about the incident. Her story is different from what Austin police say led to the shooting.

"He's about to kneel down on one knee and the police officer--pah...pah," said Rickia Hunt.

She is one of three people who were in the back of the Red Oak Apartments when Austin's latest officer-involved shooting happened.

"He told me freeze, stop. I did. He told me don't run from me. I was not gonna run. He told me to sit down in this chair right here. I was right here in this chair...Jhawri came and he was exactly right here," Rickia said.

APD says they were responding to a domestic violence call at 6301 Berkman Drive.

She admitted, "We were arguing, yes, we were loud."

But Rickia says she's not the person who called 911.

She's been dating 23-year-old Jhawri Smith for four months.

"He saw me. He didn't see the police officer, but the police officer saw him," she added.

On Tuesday, Police Chief Art Acevedo said, "The suspect had a semi-automatic pistol in his hand. When the sergeant sees it, he sees the suspect put it behind his back, allegedly, and then puts it back forward. The suspect at one point yells its a b.b. gun, it's a b.b. gun. The sergeant ordered the suspect several times to drop the weapon. The suspect did not comply."

Rickia said, "He had the pellet gun and when he saw me he put it behind his back. The police officer pulled out his arm, told Jhawri to freeze. He was like okay--yes sir. He took the pellet gun and he threw it. "I was like, no, it's not real. The pellet gun was no longer in his hand and police officer still fired on."

"Domestic violence calls are the most dangerous," said Charley Wilkison, the Executive Director of CLEAT, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas.

"This officer did his job, kept the peace and protected the community and he came home safe to his family," said Wilkison. "As it's been reported, there's multiple calls in the history of calls to that address."

"That's a bold face lie...that's a bold face lie," Rickia said. "They're thinking that we live here and we don't live here."

Rickia says Smith's sister is the person who lives at Red Oak.

She added, "There was one that ricocheted up there and that one hit him in his shoulder, but the one that was directed, specifically towards him was the one that went in through his face and out through the other side."

"They've been trained, over and over, you handle a gun, you handle a domestic situation this way," said Charley.

Rickia said, "He was gushing out blood. He told the police officer 'I'm sorry it wasn't real, please don't shoot me no more.'"

"The officer would never believe someone that has a gun that says I have this gun, I'm holding it, I'm not going to lay it down, and it's not going to hurt you. There's no part of that, any truth that an officer can believe," he said.

The investigation will reveal if the veteran sergeant's actions were reasonable under the law.

Rickia is left feeling responsible for what happened to the father of her unborn child.

According to CLEAT, Texas spends more time and money on officer training compared to other states.

Police confirm this is the second officer-involved shooting we've had this year.

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