The AK-47 wielding BLM protester broke the law when he brandished his weapon in the face of a motorist, resulting in the death of the protester.
According to the Austin police, even though it is legal in Texas to openly carry a rifle without a license, it is illegal to brandish any deadly weapon, including a gun, “in a manner calculated to alarm.”
According to witnesses, this is exactly what happened during an altercation between a driver and Black Lives Matters protesters that culminated in the death of 28-year-old Garret Foster in Austin, Texas Saturday night.
The driver who allegedly shot the armed protester was detained, but has been released by police while the shooting is investigated, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. The protester died later at Dell Seton Medical Center.
The driver called 911 to report that someone had pointed a gun at his vehicle and that he fired at the person pointing the gun. The suspect cooperated with police before being released, according to the APD.
Garrett Foster, who attended the protest against police violence, approached the car that had been stopped near East Sixth Street and Congress Avenue by protesters with an AK-47, as others started striking the car.
Seeing the AK-47, the driver opened fire, killing Foster. Then the driver called police to report that he’d shot someone, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The driver and the other person who shot were released from police custody after they gave their accounts of what happened. Both of them had a license to carry a handgun, Manley said.
At yesterday’s news conference, Chief Manley stated that the driver reported that Foster had pointed his weapon at them. When Foster was shot, another protester in the crowd returned fire.