Austin police provide Christmas Eve officer-involved shooting update

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The Austin Police Department is providing an update on the officer-involved shooting incident that happened on December 24, 2021. Juventino Navejar was injured in the incident.

The live virtual news conference will be held at 2 p.m. and the public will be briefed on the latest on the investigation as well as see video footage of the incident. The news conference will be streamed on the FOX 7 Austin website, FOX 7 Austin YouTube channel, and FOX 7 Austin Facebook page.

WHAT HAPPENED ON CHRISTMAS EVE?

The Austin Police Department received a 911 call for a two-vehicle crash at approximately 10:36 p.m. stating that a man was bleeding from his face. The crash happened at the intersection of US Highway 183 and Cameron Road.

Moments after the initial call, several individual 911 callers reportedly stated that a shirtless, Hispanic man was walking in the area of the crash carrying and waving around a black rifle. It was further stated that the man began pointing the rifle at people and firing shots into the air. APD attempted to locate the crash and the man with the rifle.

About 20 minutes later, an APD sergeant in the area heard a gunshot and located the man approximately one minute later. The man was still carrying the rifle and walking southbound on the sidewalk. APD says the male was later identified as Juventino Navejar.

The sergeant stopped his police vehicle and retrieved his department-issued shotgun before exiting the vehicle. After giving several commands to Navejar to drop the rifle, the suspect did not comply. Navejar continued to move towards the officer with the rifle in hand. The officer fired a single round from the shotgun towards the suspect, striking Navejar and causing him to fall to the ground.

The officer was then able to move the rifle away from the suspect, and additional APD officers along with Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene. After being treated at the scene, Navejar was taken to a local hospital. Although he sustained serious injuries, they were not life-threatening. No one else on scene including witnesses and officers sustained any physical injuries. 

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