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Grand Jury: Officers who shot at robbery suspect were justified

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A Travis County grand jury decided Friday that two Austin police officers were justified in using deadly force while chasing a robbery suspect in August of 2011.

According to the Travis County District Attorney’s office, APD officers Brandon Kunkel and Eduardo Pena were responding to a robbery at a convenience store on South Congress Avenue on Aug. 15 when they spotted a man who matched the robber's description near the Bel-Air Motel at Lightsey Street and South Congress.

District Attorney spokesperson Dayna Blazey said the suspect, later identified as Logan Cook, took off running when officers attempted to speak to him. Cook ran toward Officer Pena’s car while brandishing a pistol and Pena shot at him, Blazey said.

Officers Kunkel and Pena continued to chase Cook. During the chase Cook fired at the officers twice, and Kunkel fired at him twice. No one was hit on either side.

Police caught Cook and arrested him a short time later, and he has been indicted on a charge of aggravated robbery.

Cook was not shot, but he was transported to a nearby hospital after his arrest and treated for dehydration and fatigue.

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