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Man Charged with Attempted Capital Murder in Thursday Shooting of Texas SWAT Officer

April 15, 2016  | 

Tyler Michael Harrell faces a charge of attempted capital murder. (Photo: Austin PD)
Tyler Michael Harrell faces a charge of attempted capital murder. (Photo: Austin PD)

The Austin Police Department has identified the man who shot a SWAT team member as Tyler Michael Harrell, 18. Travis County online jail records show he is charged with attempted capital murder.

The wounded officer has been identified as Jason Pittman. He was hired by Austin PD in 2008. He is currently recovering at a local hospital.

Pittman was shot in the knee Thursday morning when the SWAT team was serving a search warrant for suspected narcotics trafficking and sales. They entered the building and used a loudspeaker to announce who they were. That is when police say the suspect rounded the corner upstairs with a long gun and opened fire.


Video: Austin SWAT Officer Shot Executing Search Warrant

Comments (7)

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Percy @ 4/15/2016 3:17 PM

Attempted capital murder?
Do most people die after being shot in the knee?
OH it's Texas if you make eye contact with le they tend to dispatch you.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/15/2016 7:19 PM

The idiot is being chargedcwith attempted capital murder because he did his best to kill that Officer. Good thing he failed. He's lucky to be alive.

kevCopAz @ 4/16/2016 8:20 AM

Percy, so you think that this thug didn't intentionally shot the officer to kill him? You show your ignorance of the Law each and overtime that you comment let alone your lack of LEO knowledge and even common sense.

Tony @ 4/16/2016 2:09 PM

Common sense would distate when someone on a loudspeaker says "POLICE....DON'
T MOVE" that would encourage a reasonable to NOT MOVE, put your hands up and remain unharmed until everyone can figure out who is who and what is going on> Apparently this person decided to take the offense and start shooting. He is lucky he was shot in the knee and not a joint or two higher. Shame on Mr. Harrell.

mike @ 4/16/2016 6:22 PM

Percy, why don't you 'Feel the Bern' and start bothering the other socialists and cop-haters on Bernie Sander for President site? You are getting bothersome and your ignorance has no bounds on a pro-police site like this.

OK then @ 4/17/2016 6:06 AM

He is Canadian I believe, that is why he such an expert on American law enforcement policies and tactics.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 4/19/2016 11:24 AM

percy, do you know how many no knock warrants are carried out yearly without a shot being fired? Check it out. You'll be amazed. Its those few cases where the suspect is stupid enough to resist that he/she gets killed.

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