Shane James Jr., the alleged perpetrator behind a shooting spree that claimed six lives across Austin and San Antonio, attempted to escape from the Travis County Jail in Austin. Kristen Dark, a spokesperson for the county sheriff’s office, revealed that the 34-year-old suspect pushed past a corrections officer, ran into a hallway, and resisted detention before being restrained.
Despite the escape attempt, officials assured the public that the jail is a secure facility, and the suspect was unable to break free from his confinement. James faces capital murder charges in connection to the tragic events that unfolded on Tuesday, leaving four dead in Austin and two in San Antonio.
The victims tentatively identified include Phyllis James, 55, and Shane James Sr., 56, believed to be the suspect’s parents. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar disclosed that the parents were likely killed at their San Antonio home between Monday night and Tuesday morning. Their bodies were discovered after James’ arrest in Austin prompted a check on his residence.
The Austin portion of the rampage resulted in the deaths of Emmanuel Pop Ba, 32, and Sabrina Rahman, 24, with police finding them shot in a neighborhood on Tuesday. An exchange of gunfire occurred later that evening when officers responded to a burglary call, resulting in an officer sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Two individuals, Catherine Short, 56, and Lauren Short, 30, were killed inside the residence involved in the shootout.
The suspect was apprehended after a police pursuit and subsequent crash, as detailed by Interim Police Chief Robin Henderson during a press briefing. The investigation into the motive and events surrounding this tragic incident continues.