Deceased: Joshua Hardesty, White male, (D.O.B. 12-21-91)
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at approximately 2:57 p.m., Austin 911 received multiple calls reporting shots fired at the apartment complex located at 1500 E. Parmer Lane. Callers also described seeing a man lying in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers located Joshua Hardesty with obvious traumatic injury. Austin-Travis County EMS also responded to the scene. Joshua Hardesty was pronounced deceased at 3:09 p.m. by the Travis County Medical Examiner. A white dog believed to belong to Hardesty remained with him until picked up by animal protection officers.
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy this morning and ruled the incident a homicide.
Based on the current evidence, investigators believe there may be multiple individuals involved in this crime and urge anyone with any additional information to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at email@example.com. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.
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