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Former Texas deputy accused of killing 3 now in custody

Police officers with the Manor Police Department arrested Stephen Broderick, the man accused of...
Police officers with the Manor Police Department arrested Stephen Broderick, the man accused of shooting and killing three people in Austin on Sunday.(Austin and Manor PD)
Published: Apr. 18, 2021 at 12:43 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) - Officers with the Manor Police Department early Monday arrested Stephen Nicholas Broderick, the former deputy with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office accused of killing three people in Austin.

Austin Police identified Broderick, 41, as the man who allegedly shot and killed two women and a man at an apartment complex in the 9600 block of Great Hills Trail on Sunday.

Despite a large manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies in Austin, Broderick was able to elude authorities and police late Sunday said he may have left the city.

Shortly before 7 a.m. Monday, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a suspicious person call in the 12300 block of Old Kimbro Road. Manor Police said two callers reported a man fitting Broderick’s description was walking south bound on Old Kimbro Road.

Manor Police Department Officers arrived at the scene and immediately took Broderick into custody. Police said Broderick complied with officer’s orders and a loaded pistol was taken from Broderick’s waist band.

The man was transported by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to the TCSO Central Booking facility in downtown Austin.

Broderick’s connection to the three victims has not yet been established, said Joseph Chacon, the Austin Police Department’s interim chief.

Police and the Travis County Emergency Medical Services at first described the shooting as an “active shooter situation” and residents in the area were asked to shelter-in-place. Later on Sunday, Austin police said the shooting appeared to be an “isolated domestic violence incident.”

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.

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

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