‘My Brother Was Not A Monster, He Was Innocent’ Says Sister Of Armed Protester Shot To Death In Austin Saturday Night

AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Police have identified an armed protester who was shot and killed by a person who had driven into a crowd at a demonstration against police violence in the Texas capital.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said Garrett Foster, 28, was shot and killed Saturday night as demonstrators marched through downtown Austin.

Manley said the driver called 911 and reported the incident.

That person was taken into custody but later released. The driver’s name wasn’t immediately released.

Police are investigating what occurred between Foster, who they said was carrying an AK-47-style rifle during the protest, and the driver.

Manley said officers heard “two separate volleys of gunfire” and made their way to the crowd where they found Foster suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Foster was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Garrett Foster and his fiancee Whitney Mitchell (credit: GoFundMe)

Manley said a vehicle turned onto the block where protesters stood and honked its horn. Police declined to say why the driver was there at that time or whether his intent was nefarious.

Witness Michael Capochiano told the Austin American-Statesman that the car sped through the protesters before it apparently hit an orange barrier and stopped.

In video that was streamed live on Facebook, a car can be heard honking before several shots ring out and protesters start screaming and scattering. Police can then be seen tending to someone lying in the street.

Manley said the driver and several witnesses told police Foster approached the driver side window of the vehicle and pointed an assault rifle at the driver.

The driver said they shot Foster and drove off, police said.

The second round of shots was fired by protesters who witnessed the shooting, Manley said. The shooter fired at the car while it drove away. That person was also taken into custody but later released, Manley said.

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Sheila Foster said Garrett was her son and he had been a regular at the protests with his fiancée.

“They’ve been participating in these protests almost every day for the past 50 days,” she said.

Sheila Foster said she was told her son was pushing his fiancee, who uses a wheelchair, through an intersection when the suspect was driving “erratically” through the crowd. She said she was told the driver shot her son three times.

The shooting happened during a night of protests and unrest in several U.S. cities.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (24)
  1. Gary Connor says:

    Yes yes.. Armed ANTIFA in the STREET are nowhere as “Nefarious” as a Car driving on the Street.
    We should pass a Law making sure all cars drive on the sidewalk… Maybe THAT is something this reporter can understand..

    1. Jerry says:

      He wasn’t Antifa, moron. And driving a car into a crowd IS nefarious, but simply carrying a rifle to a protest is not.

      1. Anti-commie says:

        They should NOT be blocking the street. He pointed a gun at someone and got shot and killed for it. He got what he deserved. I have no sympathy for rioting, looting, communists.

  2. Foster shot first. Five rounds. You can hear it on the video. You can see him readying his gun to fire as the camera sweeps by. He took five shots, missed, and the driver returned fire. Probably with a 9mm. And the man in the car wasn’t ‘speeding into people’.
    Also, everyone knows if you stop and try to play nice, the antifa will drag you from your car and beat you to death.

    1. Arianna Higgins says:

      r. i. p. sweet man. rest in power

      1. Thomas says:

        There is no power in his rest he is resting in stupidity

    2. Brandon Faison says:

      Police have said quite clearly that Foster’s gun was not fired at all. The Driver shot first and someone else then fired back… Foster was using both hands to push his fiances wheelchair across the street. His rifle was strapped over his chest.

      1. Michaelangelo Evans says:

        where did you read that?

      2. Ihatecommies says:

        I don’t believe that. If the AK was not in his hands being pointed at the driver the police would not have released him so quickly. Prove your statement.

      3. Viet Vet says:

        Shawn, you are ignorant. There is no injustice in the U.S. In fact blacks have extra laws to protect them. They are a protected class. The so-called war on Poverty was just for them. Affirmative action was enacted to give them a leg up on other people. Their problem is, none of these things help them, because they have in their bell curve minds that they can’t act white. That getting an education, a job, being father to their kids, obeying the nation’s laws, etc., is acting white, and they sure can’t do that. Blacks have become the anchor that the Ship-of-State has to drag around behind it.

  3. Maciej Muszalski says:

    One terrorist less.

  4. Arianna Higgins says:

    i dont buy he shot anyone.

    1. Thomas says:

      Doesn’t matter he thought he was a tough guy with his AK and got just what he deserved

  5. Vincent Johnson says:

    Good Riddance!….one less Antifa/BurnLootMurder terrorist

  6. American says:

    This is outrageous. The driver showed their intent to break the law and injure people by driving into a crowd. He ran a stoplight in order to do that, with people occupying the crosswalk. That represents two violations of the law, both endangering lives.

    Seconds later he shot a man dead which indicates the driver had their gun at the ready the whole time. Who has their gun at the ready while speeding through a protest? Someone with intent to kill, folks.

    I have seen no credible witness statements indicating anything like that level of aggression from Foster; he seems to have had his gun pointing at the ground. If he had had his gun pointed at the driver he would have fired a shot prior to being fired upon, in general.

    What seems to have happened is he was strategically targeted because of statements he had made about counterprotesters and the police. I don’t condone what he said about the police. However, he is free to say it and remain secure in his city. Witnesses may have been planted on the scene to contradict the witnesses who are coming forward to emphasize that Foster did not point his gun at the car.

    1. Noneya says:

      Outrageous is communist rioters blocking the street, destroying property, intimidating citizens, and thinking they are somehow entitled to do this.

      If I was close to rioters I most definitely would have my gun ready. If someone pointed a gun in my direction, I would shoot first and not give him the chance to shoot me first.

      Your arguments are as ridiculous as the rioters and if he hadn’t pointed the gun at the driver, the police would have witnesses and not released him.

      You are nothing but an apologist for the communist rioters. Crawl back under your rock.

  7. johndeveraux says:

    Well, this BLM terrorist wanted a showdown, he got it,,,, fool got dropped like a used condom on prom night.

  8. KWMcC says:

    I guess the driver thought his own life mattered, too.

  9. Tyrone says:

    play stupid games
    win stupid prizes

    Foster was looking for a confrontation and he found one

    Cadaver-boy got what he deserved

  10. Norteno says:

    You all need help. You point a gun at me? I’m doing the same regardless. Self defense. We protested and got our message across right way. UFW Farmworkers got shi$ done. No blocking roads w/ assualt rifles. Live by gun, Die by gun. Protester got what he deserved. Nothing racial about this. I would say same regardless of race or if it was other way around.

  11. Shawn says:

    ANTIFA, swastikas, KKK, BLM movement…….Who freaking cares……I don’t get why the heck any of y’all are even arguing about a man losing his life because he wanted to walk for justice. He wouldn’t be dead during an inequality protest if everyone was treated equally. Y’all keep missing that point. Until everyone is treated equally, I’m guessing the violence will continue. The ones that are scared always seem to overreact to something they know they know they caused.

    1. Viet Vet says:

      LMAO, looks like this site puts the comments any old place.

      1. Shawn says:

        Viet Vet, that’s probably means that your comment ☝🏻 was improvident. If there is no injustice, then why do blacks have to have laws that protect them? If there is no injustice, then why was affirmative action enacted to give them a “leg up?” Hey, look you said it not me! Why was the so called poverty war for “them?” Why not for everyone? What you said was paradoxical! See when you say they have it in their bell curved mind, then that shows that you are thinking white is right. Because deviation is something that white people are just not use to, because their brains aren’t capable of having diversity dimensions or should I say dimensions of diversity, then they’ll always believe they are THE living right. Education, talking through your nose, and greenlighting white fabrication is something white people hold against black people. You’ll portably never understand that, if blacks don’t talk white or get an education, then they are just not good enough because as much as white people talk about diversity, they simply don’t know how to accept it. So what were you saying?👂

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