Attempted carjacking ends in Austin police shooting of motorcyclist

A man was critically injured after being shot by law enforcement officers in Northeast Austin late Monday in an encounter that authorities said escalated into an attempted carjacking.

The man, who has not been identified by authorities, was shot by an Austin police officer and Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. He was in critical but stable condition, Austin Police Chief Joe Chacon said hours after the incident.

An Austin police officer had pulled over a motorcyclist around 11:13 pm Monday at the intersection of Cameron Road and US 290, east of Interstate 35, Chacon said. As the motorcycle came to a stop, the rider abandoned the motorcycle and began running south on Cameron Road, the chief said.

The officer chasing the motorcyclist saw him holding a gun and told the man to drop the gun. Police did recover a weapon but could not say whether the man fired it at the police officer during the chase.

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