Memorial for fallen Austin Police Department officer Jorge Pastore outside APD headquarters in downtown Austin on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. (KXAN photo/Todd Bailey)
AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin Police Department search warrant filed Tuesday afternoon provided new details about the Nov. 11 SWAT incident in South Austin that resulted in the deaths of four people, including APD officer Jorge Pastore.
According to the search warrant for a home located at 9308 Bernoulli Dr., APD received a call from a resident of the home who was able to flee the home on foot after being stabbed and suffering serious injuries .
Initially responding APD officers rushed into the residence and were greeted by gunfire from an unknown suspect with a rifle and tactical gear, forcing officers to return outside and requesting SWAT, according to the search warrant.
“The cutting instruments, body armor, and any tactical equipment that included firearms were all believed to have been carried or used by the suspect,” the search warrant states.
APD SWAT arrived and forced the bedroom door when the suspect started shooting again and struck two SWAT members. Several SWAT members responded by hitting the man. The suspect and two victims were pronounced dead at the scene, the warrant states.
The search warrant identified five people associated with the home as “suspicious parties,” but it did not specify the role each played in the incident.
The following are among those listed in the search warrant as evidence that the criminal offense of murder was committed:
- Bulletproof vest and protective plates including ballistic helmets as well as arm or leg protection
- Night vision goggles
- Firearms and ammunition
- Targets that were hit by a gun
- Explosive devices or materials intended to make bombs
“It is not uncommon for people wearing firearms, body armor or night vision to make homemade explosives,” the search warrant states.
Additionally, the search warrant explains that after APD inspected the scene on November 11, it was determined that it would be beneficial for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Recovery Team to assist in processing the scene.
The evidence seized during the execution of this search warrant has not yet been released.