On January 5, 2021, Alexander Gonzales, a 27-year-old Hispanic man, was returning home. At this time, an employee of the Austin, Texas police department stopped Gonzales’ car, as it seemed to him that the man had deliberately cut a police car and threatened the officer with a pistol. A police officer called for reinforcements and fired a warning shot into the air, and after reinforcements arrived a few minutes later, Gonzales – probably disoriented from the shot – did not listen to their commands and instead walked to the rear passenger door of his car. The police officer on duty opened fire on him, firing several bullets at Gonzales, killing him on the spot. As it turned out later, the man’s two-month-old baby was in the back passenger seat. Gonzales wanted to see if the officer had hit the baby.
The police admitted that Gonzalez was not in possession of a weapon. They claim to have found in the man’s car “what they think is his pistol.” In April 2021, the Gonzales family hired a lawyer and plans to seek justice in court.