Austin, TX – Police captured the suspect in three Austin murders Sunday walking down a rural road in Manor on Monday morning.
“He was armed with a pistol on his waistband but he didn’t resist,” Manor Police Chief Ryan Phipps said. “He was fully compliant with our officers’ commands.”
Broderick, a former property crimes detective with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, was charged with first-degree felony sexual assault of a child in June of 2020.
BREAKING: Authorities have captured 41-year-old Stephen Broderick near Manor after receiving a 911 call about a man walking along U.S. 290. He was taken into custody without incident.
— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) April 19, 2021
He resigned from the sheriff’s department after he was arrested, Cox Media reported.
Court records showed he posted a $50,000 bail on June 22, 2020 and was released with a GPS tracking device and ordered not to contact or approach the child, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The judge increased Broderick’s bail to $75,000 on July 6, 2020 after prosecutors alleged he had contacted the woman and accused her of making a “cash grab.”
On Nov. 5, 2020, State District Judge Karen Sage ordered the removal of the tracking device after Broderick had been monitored for 142 days without incident.
“He had been on GPS for [five] months with no violations,” Sage told the Austin American-Statesman. “It’s a pretty common thing for me to do, frankly.”
Broderick’s bail conditions required him to surrender all firearms and not get more.
The application for a protective order from his victim’s mother – believed to be his wife – said she was worried about her own safety and that of her children, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
“I’m afraid he will try to hurt me or [the] children, because these allegations have come out and he may lose his career,” she wrote. “Stephen has prior military experience and is SWAT trained. If he wanted to hurt someone, he would know how.”
Broderick has been accused of fatally shooting two women and a man just after 11:30 a.m. on April 18 at the Arboretum Oaks Apartments in Austin, NBC News reported.
Authorities have not yet publicly identified the victims.
Austin Police Interim Chief Joseph Chacon said Broderick knew all three people he allegedly killed, Cox Media reported.
Authorities initially said that the incident was an “active shooting” but later said that three people were murdered in a domestic situation, according to KEYE.
Multiple #ATCEMS, @AustinFireInfo & @Austin_Police assets responding/on-scene of a declared Active Attack/Shooter incident in the 9600 blk of Great Hills Trl (11:42); #ATCEMSMedics advising 3 patients with GSW injuries all three with CPR in progress. Avoid the area. MTF…
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) April 18, 2021
Broderick – who was considered armed and dangerous – remained at-large overnight while law enforcement officers from multiple agencies engaged in a massive manhunt.