Former Deputy Arrested After Killing of 3 People

Steven Broderick is caught near Austin
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 19, 2021 9:03 AM CDT
Former Deputy Arrested After Killing of 3 People
This photo provided by the Austin Police Department shows Stephen Broderick, 41.   (Austin Police Department via AP)

A former sheriff's deputy in Texas has been taken into custody Monday following a manhunt that began after three people were fatally shot in Austin, authorities said. Police said Stephen Broderick, 41, was arrested without incident about 7:30am along a rural road in Manor, an Austin suburb, said Manor Police Chief Ryan Phipps. He had a pistol in his waistband, Phipps said, per the AP. Police had received two phone calls about a suspicious person matching Broderick’s description. Interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said Broderick was suspected in Sunday's deaths of two women and one man, all of whom Broderick knew.

Chacon said Broderick was a former deputy with the Travis County sheriff's office, which is based in Austin. Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza said in a statement that Broderick had been arrested for sexual assault of a child last June and was released on $50,000 bond. He said that the district attorney's office on Sunday filed a motion to revoke that bond. Sheriff's spokeswoman Kristen Dark told the Austin American-Statesman that Broderick, a property crimes detective, resigned after the arrest. The newspaper also reports that Broderick's wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after his arrest.

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