Austin police release man who says shot dead protester

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A man who admitted to killing an armed Black Lives Matter protester in Austin on Saturday night has been taken into custody and then released pending further investigation, the Texas city police chief said .

Chief Brian Manley said detectives assigned to the homicide unit detained the man and questioned him after calling 911 shortly after the shooting. The man said he shot someone who approached his vehicle during the protest and pointed a gun at him.

The victim of the shooting was Garrett Foster, 28, and he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of Mr Foster last night,” Manley said at a Sunday night Zoom press conference posted on Twitter. “It is under investigation and is ongoing in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.”

AUSTIN, TX – JULY 26: People gather around a makeshift memorial lined with flowers and candles during a vigil for Garrett Foster on July 26, 2020 in downtown Austin, Texas. Garrett Foster, 28, who was armed and participating in a Black Lives Matter protest, was shot dead after a chaotic altercation with a motorist who allegedly entered the crowd. The suspect, who has not yet been identified, has been taken into custody. (Photo by Sergio Flores / Getty Images)

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The chief said that after the vehicle transformed into a crowd of protesters and honked its horn, witnesses saw Foster holding an AK-47 type assault rifle and approaching the driver’s side window as some demonstrators hammered the vehicle.

After the shots, another person with a gun opened fire on the vehicle as it drove away, Manley said.

He said that person was detained and released after being questioned by homicide detectives.

The chief said the individual had a concealed carry permit, as did the person who shot Foster.

Their weapons and Foster’s weapon were seized as evidence, along with the vehicle, he said.

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Officers assigned to the protest responded after hearing the two rounds of gunfire, he said.

The shoot was filmed and Manley has launched a public call for more videos and photographs. The chief did not say why the vehicle turned into protesters, saying it was part of the investigation.

Foster attended the protest on Saturday with his fiancee Whitney Mitchell, a 28-year-old quadruple amputee who uses a wheelchair, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Her mother told the newspaper she was concerned about their participation in the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.

“I told him not to go. I was afraid something would happen, ”said Patricia Kirven. “She said, ‘I don’t feel like I’m doing enough. I want to do more. ”

“She is physically fine, but mentally she is not,” she said, according to the newspaper. “” Inconsolable “is the only word I can think of because she will speak a little and then crumble. ”

Foster’s mother told Fox 7 Austin that her son’s death completely destroyed the family.

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Sheila Foster told the station her son was a former aviator who had recently purchased the rifle to take to protests for security.

“My son would never, ever point a gun at anyone and risk going to jail or being shot because he wouldn’t want to leave the love of his life helpless as she is now,” she says.

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