The Austin Police Department (APD) is actively investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place on Sunday, January 21, 2024. The incident occurred in response to an emergency call reporting a stabbing at 12310 Uttimer Lane.
Three officers, identified as Officer Jacob Porter (4 years of service), Officer Valerie Machado (5 years and 11 months of service), and Officer Cody Crumplar (8 months of service), discharged their firearms during the incident. As per protocol, all three officers are on administrative leave.
The chain of events unfolded when officers responded to the emergency call at approximately 12:29 a.m. The caller reported a stabbing, and upon arrival, officers discovered multiple victims. A male suspect, later identified as Jose Reynaldo Martinez-Argueta, was holding a female victim with stab wounds.
To preserve life and prevent further harm, officers entered the residence and encountered Martinez-Argueta armed with a knife. The officers discharged their firearms at approximately 12:37 a.m., hitting Martinez-Argueta. A female victim, Maryuri Leticia Reconco-Moncada, was found deceased, and additional victims were located inside the residence.
The injured suspect was transported to a local hospital in stable condition, while the other victims were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Two have since been released and are recuperating.
Martinez-Argueta is charged with first-degree felony murder and two counts of second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident was captured on officers' body-worn cameras, and related materials, including 911 call audio, police radio traffic audio, and body-worn camera footage, have been released to the public.
The investigations into the incident include a criminal investigation by the APD Special Investigations Unit in collaboration with the Travis County District Attorney's Office, as well as an administrative investigation by the APD Internal Affairs Unit, overseen by the Office of Police Oversight.
The released materials, which contain graphic content and language, are available on the APD's YouTube and other social media platforms for public review.
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Anyone with information is encouraged to call APD’s Special Investigation Unit at (512) 974-6840 or Capitol Area Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477. For the Capitol Area Crime Stoppers submission, you may submit a tip online at austincrimestoppers.org. You may remain anonymous.