FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 5, 2021
APD investigating Officer Involved Shooting on January 5, 2021
January 5, 2021
2500 Wickersham Ln
Alexander Gonzales, Hispanic Male, born 08-02-1993
The Austin Police Department continues to investigate the Officer
Involved Shooting that occurred during the early morning hours on
Tuesday, January 5, 2021. APD is requesting the public's assistance and
is seeking any cell phone or surveillance footage that captures any part
of this incident.
On January 5, 2021, at approximately 12:34 a.m., we received a 911 call
from an off-duty APD officer who stated he was involved in a shooting
incident that occurred. According to the off-duty officer, he was
driving in a neighborhood and when he turned southbound onto the 2500
block of Wickersham Lane, he noticed there was a car behind him. This
car cut the officer off and once it pulled up along side his vehicle,
the officer saw the driver point a gun at him. The officer fired at the
suspect, and the vehicle continued to travel a short distance southbound
on Wickersham Lane where it finally stopped against the curb. The
officer stopped behind the suspect's vehicle and called 911 to advise of
At 12:37 a.m., on-duty APD officers began to arrive on scene. This
portion of the incident was captured on body worn camera. The footage
shows the suspect vehicle stopped along the curb with the off-duty
officer's personal vehicle behind the suspect vehicle. A female subject
can be seen lying on the ground just outside of the passenger side of
the vehicle. The off-duty officer gave commands to the driver and as
backup approached they continued giving commands to the driver who was
now outside of his vehicle on the driver's side.
Despite commands being continually given, the driver walked around the
rear of the vehicle towards the passenger's side of the vehicle. The
driver opened what appears to be the back-passenger door of the vehicle.
As the driver reached into the vehicle, the on-duty officer fires at
the driver which causes him to go down. The driver was pronounced
deceased at the scene.
The female that was in the passenger seat of the vehicle was injured
from gun fire. She was transported to the hospital and is reported to be
in stable condition at the time of this release. An infant child was
also discovered inside the vehicle. The child was not injured but was
transported to the hospital with APD Victim Services as a precautionary
measure. Investigators located a firearm at the scene of this incident.
As normal, both officers will be placed on paid Administrative Leave.
The off-duty officer has been with the department for 5 years and the
on-duty officer has been with APD for 2 years.
APD will conduct two concurrent investigations into this incident; one
is a criminal investigation by APD's Special Investigation Unit in
conjunction with the District Attorney's Office, and the other is an
administrative investigation that will be conducted by the APD Internal
Affairs Unit with oversight from the Office of Police Oversight.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, or use the new Crime Stoppers App.
You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone