‘Fugitive search’ underway for ex-sheriff’s detective suspected of killing 3 in Austin

A shooting Sunday in Austin, Texas, left three people dead and and a former sheriff’s detective being pursued as a suspect.

The incident being one of a number of shootings on Sunday, including a shooting at a Kenosha, Wisc., bar that left three people dead, a shooting at a 12-year-old’s birthday party in LaPlace, La., that left six people wounded, reportedly all children, and a shooting in Shreveport, La., later in the day that left five people wounded. There was also a shooting Thursday at an Indianapolis FedEx facility, where a gunman killed eight people before taking his own life.

There was a massive multi-agency manhunt launched for Stephen Broderick, 41, who spent 16 days in jail last year for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl, with the U.S. Marshals and FBI involved, and the “fugitive search.” continued Monday morning, according to Fox News.

The former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective allegedly shot a black male and two Hispanic females at an apartment complex, and he is to be considered armed and dangerous.

Broderick, who began with the department in March 2008, is described as being 5 feet 7 inches tall with a medium build, and was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, a cap and sunglasses.

Speaking to the media, Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said the shooting was a “domestic incident” and was not considered an active shooter situation. All of the victims were reportedly known to Broderick.

“We are concerned he might possibly take a hostage,” Chacon said Sunday afternoon, adding that the suspect may be sheltered somewhere waiting for law enforcement to leave.

“At this point, we do not think that this individual is out targeting random people to shoot them,” the police chief added. “That does not mean that he’s not dangerous.”

Brenda Torres was reportedly driving by when she saw a young boy flagging down a car and a black man lying facedown on the ground.

“I saw the little boy point down the street,” Torres said, according to Fox News. “There was someone lying on the ground. I thought someone had just fallen down or something. As my light turns green and I’m driving, I see cop car after cop car after cop car rushing toward where I just was.”

A shelter-in-place order was initially in place, before being lifted late in the afternoon, and Chacon appealed to the public to contact authorities if they have any information on Broderick or if they should see him. He warned not to approach the suspect.

Broderick was arrested by U.S. Marshals on June 6 last year, after the teenage girl accused him of assaulting her in Elgin, and the then-detective was put on administrative leave, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Charged with sexual assault of a child, he was in jail over two weeks before posting $50,000 bail, according to the newspaper.

Travis County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark said that Broderick, a property crimes detective, resigned after the arrest. Citing court and public records, the paper reported that Broderick’s wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after her husband’s arrest.

A protective order was in place that prohibited Broderick from going within 200 yards of the couple’s daughter. He reportedly had visitation rights to the couple’s son for one weekend a month from noon to 4 p.m.

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