Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Time: 7:07 p.m.
Location: 2800 block of Palomino Trail
Deceased: Leyder Vidal-Diaz, Hispanic male, born March 27, 1975
Arrested: Richard Addison Nunez, Hispanic male, 30 years old
The Austin Police Department (APD) has arrested the suspect in the homicide on Palomino Trail, 30-year-old Richard Nunez. APD was notified by a resident who recognized the suspect from a social media post, and alerted police. APD responded to the area and made the arrest without incident. Nunez has been booked in the Travis County Jail, and his bond has been set at $1 million.
Original Press Release:
The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified Leyder Vidal-Diaz as the deceased in the homicide on Palomino Trail.
On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at approximately 7:22 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls reporting that a man had been shot by his stepson. APD officers arrived on scene and observed a man lying on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were attempted, but unfortunately he was pronounced deceased on scene at 7:50 p.m. by Dr. Abraham.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to interview witnesses and process the scene. According to witnesses, Nunez was involved in a family disturbance that ended in Nunez shooting his stepfather. Nunez fled that scene after the shooting.
On October 6, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be gunshot wound and the manner of death, homicide.
The Homicide Unit has filed a First-Degree Murder warrant on Richard Nunez. He is currently at large. The bond has been set at $1 million. The attached booking photo is from 2020.
Detectives are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email firstname.lastname@example.org, utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.
This is Austin's 67th homicide of 2021.