Stephen Nicholas Broderick Wiki – Stephen Nicholas Broderick Bio
Stephen Nicholas Broderick is the suspect in the fatal shootings of three people in Austin, Texas, on April 18, 2021. Broderick is a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective accused of sexually assaulting a child in 2020. Austin Police said Broderick should be considered armed and dangerous.
He is 41 years old.
Austin Triple Shooting
The shootings happened in Northwest Austin in the 9600 blocks of Great Hills Trail near the Arboretum shopping center, police said at a Sunday afternoon press conference. According to authorities, the deadly shootings occurred just before 12 p.m. local time.
No one else was injured, and the suspect fled from the scene. Broderick was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses, and a baseball cap, police said.
Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon identified Broderick as the suspect being sought by police during a press conference at about 2:30 p.m.
Austin Police Chief Chacon provided an on scene brief today, regarding the incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. Please see attached photo of the suspect, Stephen Broderick, 41 years of age, black male who is 5 feet and 7 inches tall. https://t.co/HQu5bOwhlc pic.twitter.com/EVDU64Rph2
— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) April 18, 2021
Chacon said, “I will be putting his name out because it is a matter of public safety because at this point he is still not in custody.” Chacon said all three victims, who have not yet been identified, were adults. Two of the victims were Hispanic women, and one was a Black man, Chacon said.
Police initially responded to the scene after receiving a call of an active shooter situation but later said on Twitter the gunman knew the victims in the shooting, and it was not a random attack.
The first tweet from the department said, “APD is currently on scene of an active shooting incident at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway. All residents are advised to shelter in place and avoid the area.”
Chacon told reporters, “Our preliminary investigation indicates that he did know the victims and that it was certainly targeted to them. However, I would say that the danger remains high at this point. And we want to make sure that people understand that part.”
Police said there was an indication a child was involved, but the child was located and is safe and with authority, Chacon said at the press conference. The shooting happened at the Arboretum Oaks Apartments, Austin Mayor Steven Adler told USA Today.
Broderick Criminal Record
Broderick was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service on June 6, 2020, and charged with felony sexual assault, according to an Austin American-Statesman article from the time of his arrest. Broderick is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at home in Elgin, Texas.
The Texas Department of Public Safety investigated the case, the newspaper reported. According to the criminal complaint in the case, obtained by the American-Statesman, the victim told her mother Broderick had sexually assaulted her. The victim’s mother took the girl for an examination, and a doctor confirmed the abuse.
According to Travis County court records, Broderick’s wife filed for a protective order against him after he was arrested in 2020. The protective order against Broderick was granted, records show. She also filed for divorce, and those proceedings were still pending, according to court records.
Police asked Austin residents to remain on alert, saying Broderick is armed and dangerous. Chacon, the city’s interim police chief, told reporters they are concerned Broderick could try to take hostages.
The Austin Police tweeted, said Stephen Broderick is a 41-year-old Black male who is 5 feet 7 inches tall.
Chacon said, “I do not have a last known direction of travel at this point. We don’t know if he is in a vehicle or on foot.” He said police were continuing to look in the area of the shootings for Broderick. A helicopter was also brought in to help in the search.
“What we’re asking from the residents in this area is to continue to shelter in place. This is still an ongoing and active investigation, and we do not have this individual in custody,” Chacon said. “We would ask if you have your neighbor’s phone numbers, call or text them. Check on them and make sure they are OK.
We are concerned that he might take a hostage and be sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave. And most importantly, if you see something or have information regarding this incident, call 911 and please pass that information along.”