Today, the Austin Police Department (APD) started the public release viewing process of a Critical Incident Community Briefing video that depicts the officer involved shooting that occurred in North Austin on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12520 N IH 35 (Springhill Suites). These initial viewings include participants and consulted parties of next of kin, family members, attorneys, officers involved and city officials.
The Officers involved in this critical incident have been identified as:
• Officer Javier Rodriguez - 2 years of service with APD - (Fired weapon)
• Officer Kamowa Reynolds - 2 years of service with APD - (Deployed taser)
Per policy, both of these officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
The APD is working in partnership with the Office of Police Oversight and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office to release this video. The video footage includes relevant audio and video footage from the ongoing investigation. The Critical Incident Video is intended to provide our community with additional context about the event.
In compliance with state law that prohibits the release of certain information and to maintain the integrity of the multi-departmental investigation, the video materials have been edited or redacted. The edited video does include comprehensive footage of the officers’ actions.
On March 5, 2021, the video and supplemental content will be available on the Austin Police Department website at www.austintexas.gov/apd-critical-incidents/community-briefing-videos and on the Department’s social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter.