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Austin police release man who says he fatally shot protester Garrett Foster

A man who admitted to fatally shooting an armed Black Lives Matter protester in Austin on Saturday night was taken into custody and then released pending further investigation, the Texas city’s police chief said.

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Chief Brian Manley said detectives assigned to the homicide unit detained the man and interviewed him after he called 911 shortly after the shooting. The man said he had shot someone who approached his vehicle during the demonstration and pointed a weapon at him.

The victim of the shooting was Garrett Foster, 28, and he died of multiple gunshot wounds.

“We are heartbroken over the loss of Mr. Foster last night,” Manley said in a Zoom news conference Sunday night posted on Twitter. “It’s actively being investigated and ongoing in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.”

AUSTIN, TX – JULY 26: People gather around a makeshift memorial lined with flowers and candle at a vigil for Garrett Foster on July 26, 2020 in downtown Austin, Texas. Garrett Foster, 28, who was armed and participating in a Black Lives Matter protest, was shot and killed after a chaotic altercation with a motorist who allegedly drove into the crowd. The suspect, who has yet to be identified, was taken into custody. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

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  1. NoSympathy4Terrorists

    July 29, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Moral of story –
    1 – Streets are for vehicles. One of many important facts this story omits is that the vehicle turned AT AN INTERSECTION into a crowd of protesters WHO WERE ILLEGALLY BLOCKING THE ROAD and was honking its horn, witnesses observed Foster holding an AK-47-type assault rifle (WHY BRING AN AK-47 TO A PEACEFUL PROTEST? ?) and approach the driver’s side window as some protesters pounded on the vehicle (AGAIN, PROTESTORS WHO ARE PEACEFUL DONT APPROACH PEOPLE WHILE BRANDISHING AN AK-47 RIFLE AND POUND ON THEIR VEHICLE!)

    After the gunfire, another person (WHY NOT REFER TO THIS PERSON AS ANOTHER SO-CALLED PEACEFUL PROTESTOR) with a gun opened fire on the vehicle as it sped away,

    BTW…..WHY ARE MANY OF THESE SO-CALLED “PEACEFUL” PROTESTORS GATHERING AFTER 9-10pm? IF YOU’RE GOING OUT AT NIGHT, BLOCKING ROADS, BRANDISHING AN AK-47 RIFLE, PREVENTING INNOCENT PEOPLE FROM MERELY DRIVING DOWN A ROAD AND INTIMIDATING THEM WITH WEAPONS…….YOU ARE NOT A PROTESTOR!!! YOU ARE A TERRORIST!!!!! Here’s the definition of terrorist,… “a person who uses unlawful violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.” I don’t have sympathy for terrorists. Terrorists do not deserve justice! No American who loves this country should sympathize with terrorists.

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