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Ex-Texas deputy wanted in shooting deaths of 3 is arrested

Austin, Texas, police at shooting scene
Police respond to an “active shooter” situation in northwest Austin, Texas, on Sunday.
(Brontë Wittpenn / Austin American-Statesman)

A former sheriff’s deputy in Texas has been taken into custody Monday following a manhunt that began after three people were fatally shot in Austin, authorities said.

Police said Stephen Broderick, 41, was arrested without incident about 7:30 a.m. along a rural road in Manor, an Austin suburb, Manor Police Chief Ryan Phipps said. He had a pistol in his waistband, Phipps said.

Police had received two phone calls about a suspicious person matching Broderick’s description, Phipps said.

Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said Broderick was suspected in Sunday’s shooting deaths of two women and one man, all of whom Broderick knew.

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Police initially told Austin residents who lived nearby to shelter in place, but they lifted that request later Sunday when they said it was unclear whether Broderick was still in the city.

Chacon said that Broderick was a former deputy with the Travis County sheriff’s office, which is based in Austin.

Police said the former FedEx employee legally purchased the two guns he used to kill eight people at an Indianapolis facility.

Travis County Dist. Atty. Jose Garza said in a statement that Broderick had been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a child last June and was released on $50,000 bond. Garza said his office filed a motion Sunday to revoke that bond.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark told the Austin American-Statesman that Broderick, a property-crimes detective, resigned after the arrest.

The newspaper also reported that Broderick’s wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after his arrest.


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