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Man arrested in connection with Downtown Austin shooting where one person died, another injured

APD said the suspect was arrested an hour after the shooting with a firearm from a separate incident. He was released two days later and arrested again on Aug. 10.

AUSTIN, Texas — A man suspected of shooting and killing a man in Downtown Austin on Aug. 6 has been arrested.

The Austin Police Department said APD officers and members of the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force found and arrested 18-year-old Nathan Ramirez on Aug. 10. He was arrested for alleged first-degree murder after being found in the 800 block of E. Slaughter Lane. 

The incident happened early Aug. 6 when two people were shot in Downtown Austin. One victim, identified as 20-year-old Dionysius Edwards Thompson, died at the scene. The other person was taken to the hospital.

It happened in a parking lot near the intersection of East Seventh and Red River streets. APD responded to the 400 block of East Seventh Street around 2 a.m. after hearing gunshots and receiving a call that someone had been shot.

When police arrived, they found the first victim with obvious signs of trauma. EMS took them to the hospital.

Less than 10 minutes later, Austin police found Thompson with life-threatening injuries. Thompson died on the scene just before 2:30 a.m.

Detectives said Ramirez was arrested an hour after the murder with a firearm from a separate incident. He had been charged in that separate case with second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with Class A unlawful carrying of a weapon. 

Ramirez was released two days later, on Aug. 8. The firearm in his possession was positively identified through analysis and comparison as the murder weapon, APD said. 

The incident was an isolated one but detectives remind the public to stay vigilant.

Austin police say if you know anything to call their homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.

APD is investigating this as its 46th homicide of the year.


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