A man killed in an Austin officer-involved shooting Sunday was a suspect in a recent rash of thefts and vehicle burglaries in San Marcos, according to police.
An exchange of gunfire between Darrin Andrew Martin and an Austin police officer Sunday ultimately led to the suspect’s death. The confrontation began after a security guard caught Martin burglarizing vehicles in downtown Austin.
Police found the keys to a vehicle reported stolen from the 1700 block of Mill Street in San Marcos in Martin’s possession. According to San Marcos officials, Martin is the man in the video stills released by the city’s social media accounts Monday.
Martin is suspected in two credit card abuse cases after the cards were stolen out of vehicles and used at Wal-Mart shortly after. Approximately 30 burglaries in San Marcos match crimes officers say Martin was involved in including the theft of credit cards, cash, weapons and other items from unlocked vehicles.
Commander Kelly Earnest of the San Marcos Police Department stated in a city press release that although one prolific burglar has been identified, there are still more who have not yet been caught. She advises residents to lock their vehicles and keep valuables hidden from sight.