A man was killed on Saturday night (July 25) in a protest against Black Lives Matter in Austin, Texas. The police said they arrested a suspect in the ongoing investigation.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said on Sunday (July 26) that a driver had aggressively aimed his vehicle at the demonstrators when the victim, 28-year-old Garrett Foster, approached the car, the statesman said.
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The driver fired a pistol at Foster, who was carrying an assault rifle and hit him several times. Someone in the crowd returned fire to the car that was driving away. Foster was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
Austin police officer Katrina Ratcliff briefed the reporters shortly after the incident. Ratcliff said police officers have arrested the suspect and he is cooperating. The chief of police later said the suspect had been released.
Foster, who is white, was at the protest with his fiancée Whitney Mitchell, a black woman. The couple had been together for about 10 years. Mitchell was in a wheelchair at the protest. All four limbs were amputated after developing sepsis, a condition caused by the body's response to infection.
A GoFundMe site to support Foster's funeral expenses raised more than $ 102,000 by Sunday night (July 26).