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Charges Filed Against Man Who Assaulted ICE Agent in Austin, TX

Charges have been brought against Hugo Baltazar-Ramirez, 23, for a Friday incident in in Austin, TX in which authorities allege he attacked an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent. 

Baltazar-Ramirez, a Mexican national, had been pulled over by an ICE agent; however, when he was told he was under arrest and asked to come out of the vehicle he fled on foot. 

When ICE agents caught up with him he allegedly assaulted the agent, striking the agent's head against the ground multiple times.

The assault was ended only after additional ICE agents arrived on scene to assist the injured agent. 

Baltazar-Ramirez could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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Austin Councilman Says ICE Arrests Were "Retaliation" Against Community

Austin Councilman Gregorio Casar;  Photo: via Twitter @gregcasar

Austin Councilman Gregorio Casar; Photo: via Twitter @gregcasar

An Austin City Councilman has accused Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents of engaging in "retaliation" by arresting dozens of illegal immigrants in the Austin area.

The so-called retaliation was in response to people in Austin "standing up for our values against people like Abbott and Trump."

The comments were made by Concilman Gregorio Casar in response to targeted ICE activity that resulted in the arrests of over 600 people nationwide this past week.

ICE has said that the activity, known as Operation Cross Check, was a routine operation targeting criminal illegal aliens.

Councilman Casar believes that the activity was a result of his community defying both President Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

Both President Trump and Governor Abbott have made taking on sanctuary cities part of the focus of their immigration and/or homeland security policies. 

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Austin Police Officer Dies of Injuries Sustained in Thursday Motorcycle Accident

Officer Amir Adbul-Kali;  Photo: kxan.com

Officer Amir Adbul-Kali; Photo: kxan.com

An Austin police officer died on Sunday from injuries he sustained while escorting a funeral procession on Thursday afternoon. The officer was working on his police motorcycle.

The incident occurred when a driver attempted to pull in front of the officer, causing the crash.

The driver was cited on scene for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle; however, the driver could face additional charges.

Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq, 46, was transported to a local hospital for treatment; however, his condition quickly worsened. Officer Abdul-Khaliq would ultimately die from his injuries on Sunday afternoon.

Officer Abdul-Khaliq had been with the force for 17 years and was a U.S. Marine veteran. He is survived by five children.

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Overnight Shootings Leave One Dead, Four Injured in Downtown Austin

Photo: KEYE-TV via cbsnews.com

Photo: KEYE-TV via cbsnews.com

Two separate shootings early Sunday morning have left one woman dead and four people injured in the busy downtown Sixth Street area of Austin, TX. 

The first shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. when an unidentified suspect opened fire into a crowd at Sixth and Brazos Streets.

A second shooting occurred moments later in a nearby parking facility. 

Police were unsure if the two shootings were related and initially suggested an "active shooter," however, the shootings were later determined to be unrelated.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the shooters.

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BREAKING: Police Officer Shot in North Austin, in Stable Condition

An Austin SWAT police officer is in stable condition following a shootout in North Austin early this morning.

The SWAT officer was executing a search warrant when he was shot and injured by an 18-year old suspect.

The officers had made entry into the home when the suspect allegedly opened fire from upstairs. Officers returned fire but the suspect was not hit.

One officer was struck in the knee and transported to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect surrendered a few minutes after the shooting occurred and was taken into custody.

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BREAKING: Austin Officer Seriously Wounded, in Stable Condition After Downtown Shootout

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An Austin police officer is apparently in stable condition after suffering serious wounds in a downtown shooting. 

Sources have reported that the officer was downtown having lunch when he responded to a nearby disturbance call.

The officer engaged a suspect and shots were exchanged. The officer was seriously wounded and transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

The suspect was reportedly killed.

More details to come.

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Arrest Made in Shooting of Texas Judge

A "person of interest" has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Texas judge at her home last week.

Authorities have not revealed what, if any, connection the arrested individual has to the judge.

District Judge Julie Kocurek was shot in the driveway of her Austin home on Friday night in an apparently planned attack. The judge was seriously injured by shrapnel in the attack but is expected to make a full recovery.

Since the shooting, authorities have speculated that the attacker may have been stalking her or somehow been involved in one of the judge's cases.

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Troubled Actor Arrested in Austin for Public Intoxication

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Shia LeBouf, the troubled Transformers actor, was arrested again this weekend for public intoxication in Austin, Texas.

In an affidavit, Austin police documented encountering an apparently intoxicated man, later identified as LeBouf, at the intersection of Sixth Street and San Jacinto Boulevard. LeBouf was allegedly standing in the middle of traffic and attempting to block vehicles.

An officer initiated a probable cause stop on LeBouf and immediately noticed signs of alcohol intoxication.

LeBouf initially turned to walk away from the officer but stopped when the officer ordered him to do so. LeBouf allegedly told the officer that he usually "walks away because police had killed a friend of his."

LeBouf became verbally aggressive with the officer, calling him a "silly man" on several occasions. After LeBouf allegedly became aggressive with a bystander that was filming the encounter, the officer placed LeBouf under arrest for public intoxication.

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