Austin, TX – A Black Lives Matter protester was fatally shot when he pointed an AK-47 at the driver of a car blocked in by protesters in Austin on Saturday night (video below).
The incident occurred as protesters were marching across Fourth Street on Congress Avenue just before 10 p.m. on July 25, The Washington Post reported.
Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said a vehicle turned onto the block and honked its horn at the protesters blocking the street, KTVT reported.
Chief Manley said the driver of the car and several witnesses told police that 28-year-old Garrett Foster, who was carrying an AK-47-style rifle, approached the driver’s window of the vehicle and pointed the gun at the driver.
“Mr. Foster, who was holding an AK-47 type assault rifle, approached the driver side window, as other people in the crowd started to strike the vehicle,” Chief Manley said “Gunshots were fired from inside the vehicle at Mr. Foster.”
Cell phone video of the incident showed a mob of protesters swarming car just before shots rang out.
A moment later, there was another round of shots.
The driver told police they fired at Foster with a handgun and then drove away, KTVT reported.
Another armed protester opened fire on the vehicle as it fled the area, KEYE reported.
Police said the driver called 911 and reported the shooting immediately, KTVT reported.
The chief said the driver admitted to shooting Foster but said he only did it after Foster pointed his rifle at him, KEYE reported.
Chief Manley said the driver was taken into custody and interviewed and had since been released.
Police also detained the protester who shot at the fleeing vehicle, KTVT reported.
He has also been released.
The chief said both shooters were licensed to carry the weapons they had fired.
Foster died at the scene, KTVT reported.
Shortly before he was shot, he did an interview with an independent journalist at the march and told him he was carrying an AK-47 because “they don’t let us march in the streets anymore so gotta practice some of our rights,” the video showed.
Foster said in the video that he didn’t plan to use the gun he was carrying and then explained why.
“I mean if I use it against the cops, I’m dead,” he said. “And I think all the people that hate us and you know want to say s–t to us are too big of pussies to actually stop and say something.”
Foster’s mother, Sheila Foster said her son and his African American wife had been protesting for almost two months, KTVT reported.
“They’ve been participating in these protests almost every day for the past 50 days,” she said.
Foster’s wife is a quadruple amputee who is confined to a wheelchair, The Washington Post reported.
His aunt, Karen Sourber, told KEYE that her nephew felt strongly about Black Lives Matter.
“His wife, being African-American and he being a champion of justice and wanting to make sure that all people are treated fairly and equally, he was at those protests diligently to express his views against police brutality,” Sourber said.
Chief Manley said the shootings remained under investigation.
Watch the video of the incident and Foster’s interview here below. WARNING: Graphic Violence: