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Ex-deputy arrested after 3 fatally shot in Austin, Texas
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Ex-deputy arrested after 3 fatally shot in Austin, Texas

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Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon says a 41-year-old man was wanted in the fatal shooting of three people in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN, Texas — 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.

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. He said Broderick was taken to Travis County jail.

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

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Austin police, SWAT and medical personnel respond to an active shooter situation in Northwest Austin, Texas, on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

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.

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said in a statement that Broderick had been arrested for sexual assault of a child last June and was released on $50,000 bond. He said that the district attorney's office on Sunday filed a motion 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 reports that Broderick's wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after his arrest.

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On Thursday night a gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before killing himself in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in just one of the latest in a spate of mass shootings after a relative lull during the pandemic.

Associated Press reporter Jamie Stengle in Dallas contributed.

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