Court documents said it appeared the deceased had been approaching people on the block as if he was looking for a fight.

AUSTIN, Texas — A man is dead after an early-morning shooting in the heart of Downtown Austin this week.

The Austin Police Department said officers working in the area near the intersection of East Sixth and Neches streets heard gunshots around 2 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived on the scene, they located a male victim with gunshot wounds. 

Life-saving measures were attempted, but the man was pronounced dead at 2:14 a.m. He was found outside of Toulouse bar, police said. On Friday, he was identified as 32-year-old Sheldon Polk.

Police initially said the suspect ran off, but in a briefing shortly after 5 a.m., APD said a suspect was located “within minutes.” He has detained and immediately held for questioning.

Court documents state that a witness told police the suspect had fled wearing a red bandana. Using HALO cameras, police were able to develop a much more detailed description, finding that the suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a white undershirt, blue jeans, white shoes and a red bandana hanging out of his back pants pocket.

A suspect matching this description was later found at the intersection of East Sixth Street and Interstate 35. He was identified as 17-year-old Carlos Antonio Narvaez. Police noted that he had a Taurus 9mm handgun in his waistband.

Narvaez told police he was standing outside the clubs near two of his girlfriends when an unknown man approached asking who had hit him. Narvaez said he become concerned for his friends’ safety due to this man’s “manic” behavior and that he appeared ready to fight. He reported that the man then pushed him up into a wall, causing his earring to fall out. He said he then pulled out his gun in self defense.

Police reviewed HALO evidence, which shows a male approaching Narvaez and then pushing him up into the wall. Officials said Narvaez can be seen shooting the man multiple times and then fleeing the area.

Court documents state a witness, an employee of Toulouse, reported that the deceased had been approaching people on the block and that he appeared to be looking for a fight. He also reported seeing the man push Narvaez up against the wall and that he heard four to five gunshots.

Narvaez was charged with murder, a first-degree felony.

Anyone with more information about this case is asked to contact police at 512-974-TIPS or email APD Homicide at [email protected]

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