Shots Fired on Texas Capitol Grounds, Suspect Arrested

Texas Capitol Locked Down

Shelley Kofler, KERA News (2010-01-21)


The Department of Public Safety says it has locked down the state capitol in Austin after shots were fired on the south steps of the building.
It all happened around 12:15. A DPS spokesman says a 24 year old Houston area man, carrying a handgun, fired at least three shots up into the air away from the capitol
The DPS says state troopers stationed at the capitol then drew their guns and arrested the man after a brief struggle.
No one was injured and authorities says they do not know why the man fired. Governor Rick Perry’s office says the Governor was not in the building.

From the Quorum Report,

January 21, 2010      2:05 PM


Senator Dan Patrick writes on his Facebook page that suspect visited his office minutes before incident, alarming his staff

In his Facebook postings, Senator Dan Patrick writes,:

Capitol in lockdown after man arrested for firing shots on Capitol steps. No one reportedly injured. Moments earlier the alledged shooter had come to my office in Austin acting strangely. My staff called security and he left. Shortly after shots fired. My staff is safe and our fine men & women of DPS have secured the building and made an arrest. Keep you updated.

He subsequently posted: “The suspect came into my office asking to speak to one of my female staff members in my office. He was acting in a way that made my staff concerned. He left and and a few minutes later several shots were reportedly fired”

Senator Patrick’s Facebook page

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