Three people were killed in a shootout that sparked a manhunt on Sunday in Austin, Texas, United States.
According to the authorities, the incident is an “isolated act of domestic violence”, reports the CNN network.
A manhunt has been launched by the FBI and US law enforcement to locate the suspect, identified as Stephen Nicholas Broderick. The 41-year-old was still off Sunday evening. The police do not know if the suspect fled on foot or by car.
But police fear Broderick may be in hiding and take someone hostage, according to CNN.
Stephen Nicholas Broderick is a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office investigator. The 40-year-old was charged with sexually assaulting a child last year, according to Kristen Dark, a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.
Ms Dark says the suspect tendered his resignation last year following his arrest on June 20. He had been released on bail, she said.
In the afternoon, the police asked residents of the area to take cover as the individual is considered to be “armed and dangerous”. Authorities also said there was little risk to the public.
The victims, two women and a man, knew the suspect, according to Joseph Chacon, acting police chief of Travis County.
“It’s a tragedy. We have people who have lost their lives here. The level of danger remains high at the moment, ”he said.
Authorities report that the victims were found dead outside an apartment building upon arrival.
A child was also found at the scene by the police. However, it is not known what the link, if there is one, with the suspect and the victims, said Mr. Chacon.
No other casualties were reported. An investigation is underway.