Sixth Local Official Shot Dead

SOUTH AUSTIN

Man dead after getting hit by train, EMS says

A man described as in his 20s has died after he was hit by a train early Monday in South Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Medics responded to the intersection of West St. Elmo Road and Mount Vernon Drive around 4:40 a.m., they said.

Investigators from Union Pacific, whose train was involved, also looked into the incident.

— Kelsey Bradshaw, American-Statesman

SAN MARCOS

Officials: Off-duty officer shoots self at apartment

Authorities identified an off-duty Kyle police officer found dead at a San Marcos apartment complex as 28-year-old Fernando Solis.

Solis shot himself in his personal vehicle Sunday night in the parking lot of the Asbury Place Apartments in the 1300 block of Wonder World Drive, according to a statement Monday by San Marcos officials.

San Marcos police and EMS medics found Solis around 5 p.m.

Solis was a father of two and a retired Marine. He graduated from Hays High School in 2008 and worked at H-E-B for a few years before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2011 to 2015.

Solis was hired by the Kyle Police Department in February 2017 and went into the police academy several months after that. He has been an active Kyle police officer since December.

Kyle police employees said they will remember Solis as a good officer who was always smiling and cracking jokes.

“Solis will be fondly remembered by KPD staff,” Chief Jeff Barnett said. “His tragic death leaves a hole in our family. … We have many unanswered questions, but what we need right now is to come together as a family to help, to listen, to heal, and to keep moving forward to serve the residents of Kyle.”

Barnett said all city staff has access to the Critical Incident Stress Management Team and volunteer clergy who work with the Police Department.

He added that all city employees extend their sincere condolences to the Solis family.

Kyle police said in a statement that San Marcos police are investigating Solis’ death.

— American-Statesman Staff

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EAST AUSTIN

Man accused of arson, vandalizing gas stations

A 36-year-old man accused of vandalizing four gas stations last weekend told police he was using methamphetamine and didn’t remember anything, according to court documents.

Sean Randall Hunter has been charged with attempted arson and four counts of deadly conduct. Each of the five charges has a bail amount of $75,000, which puts his combined bail at $375,000.

Hunter was arrested shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday at a gas station in the 3400 block of U.S. 183 South in East Austin, an arrest affidavit says.

A gas station clerk told police that a man — later identified by authorities as Hunter — brought a propane tank to the front door of the store and piled some firewood being sold there next to the tank, the affidavit says. He tried to ignite the area near the tank with a lighter and went back to his vehicle, the clerk told police.

When police arrived, Hunter “sped backwards out of the parking lot” before ending up “backwards into traffic on Highway 183 and into the muddy, grassy median,” the affidavit says.

Hunter was arrested and investigators confirmed the clerk’s account using video surveillance footage, according to the affidavit. Authorities found a lighter and bolt cutters, which they say he used to open the metal cage containing the propane tanks at the gas station.

AFD Division Chief Thayer Smith said that in the two hours before, Hunter had made similar attacks at three other gas stations in Southeast Austin, including one in the 2400 block of South Pleasant Valley Road, when he set a gas can on fire next to a pump.

Before that, Smith said, the man had targeted gas pumps at a station in the 5300 block of Nuckols Crossing, and was linked to an incident in the 6400 block of East Ben White Boulevard.

Hunter told investigators he had no memory of what he was being accused of, the affidavit says.

“Hunter said he had been partying and was on meth, and had been very sleepy when he fell asleep in his Jeep at a stop sign,” the document says. “The next thing he remembered was waking up in the grassy muddy media with an APD unit in front of his car with its lights and sirens on.”

— American-Statesman Staff

LAKE TRAVIS

Party boat erupts into ‘flash fire,’ burns 3

Three people were hospitalized with burn injuries Saturday night after a fire erupted in a rented party boat on Lake Travis, according to Lake Travis Fire and Rescue.

Nine people on board had docked the rented boat on Starnes Island when the boat’s power generator began malfunctioning, a fire official said. A man began working on the generator at the back of the boat with two women nearby when a “flash fire” erupted, said Lt. Jonathan Bohot with Lake Travis Fire and Rescue.

Rescue crews took the three victims to Emerald Point, where at least one was flown via a STAR Flight helicopter to the Dell Seton Medical Center. One woman sustained second- and third-degree burns while two others suffered burns to their lower extremities.

The Travis County Fire Marshal is leading an investigation into the cause of the fire.

— Brandon Mulder, American-Statesman

MANOR

Police: Man impersonating officer punches woman

A man who police think was impersonating an officer punched a woman in the face after he pulled her over in Manor last weekend, police said.

The woman reported the incident around 8:40 a.m. Saturday, Manor police said.

She was driving west on U.S. 290 East near George Bush Street when she was pulled over by a black and white passenger car with an overhead light bar, police said.

She was approached by a man about 5-foot-9 wearing a dark police uniform, and he told her she had a broken taillight.

She told the man her lights worked. He then said “stop being a smart ass” and punched her in the face before telling her to “get the (expletive) out of here,” she recounted to police.

No Manor police officers tried to pull anyone over in that place during that time, police said.

“If the information given by (the victim) is true and correct, it is believed this was done by someone impersonating a police officer and is being criminally investigated as such,” Manor police said Monday in a statement.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

NORTHWEST AUSTIN

Police: Runaway boys found safe

Two boys who ran away from their Northwest Austin home Sunday morning were found safe that evening, Austin police said.

The boys, ages 13 and 9, were last seen leaving their home in the 11000 block of Scotland Wells Drive near U.S. 183 and Spicewood Springs Road shortly after 11:30 a.m.

Officials said a citizen saw the alert and called 911.

— American-Statesman Staff

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN

Man accused of kicking police horse on Sixth Street

A man was sent to jail early Sunday after kicking a police horse along Sixth Street as bars were closing, according to police records.

Mounted police officers were clearing Sixth Street around 2 a.m. when Richard Craig, 26, walked up to Bishop, a police horse, and kicked him in the back right leg. Bishop reacted to the kick, police said, and could have potentially caused the mounted officer to lose control of the animal.

An assisting officer placed Craig under arrest and charged him with interference with a police service animal, a Class A misdemeanor.

Craig’s bail was set at $4,000. He had been released from the Travis County Jail by Sunday afternoon.

— Brandon Mulder, American-Statesman

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