Armed Agitators Block Street in Austin, Texas – One Shot and Killed

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- A little before 10 p.m. in Austin Texas, a crowd of activists/protestors/agitators were blocking the street while walking/marching in Austin, Texas. One of the participants, Garrett Foster, 28 was carrying an AK47 style rifle. At least one other person in the mob was armed. While there are many lights on in the city, it is at night, not daylight.

A vehicle turned the corner onto Congress Avenue, encountering the street blocked by numerous persons. The vehicle horn was honked. Multiple people surrounded the vehicle, which had stopped, and started striking the vehicle.

There is no indication anyone was struck by the vehicle.

One of the persons who approached the vehicle was Garrett Foster, with the AK47 style rifle he was carrying. Foster was reported as approaching the driver's side window.

Garrett Foster was recorded in an early video where he appeared to suggest his AK was for intimidation purposes.

In the subsequent interview with police, the driver said Foster pointed the AK47 at him, and he responded by shooting Foster several times. The crowd scattered and the vehicle fled the scene. As the vehicle drove off, another person in the crowd fired several shots at the vehicle.

In the video on Youtube, there is a sequence of about five shots, followed by another sequence of about three shots.

The driver quickly called 911, reporting the situation, as did multiple other people. Police at the scene responded to the shooting within seconds, and gave emergency care to Foster. Foster later died at the hospital.

Police Chief Brian Manley said a new tactic used at this protest was a number of vehicles following the mob, which blocked police cars from getting close to the agitators. When a police car attempted to get closer to the shooting scene, one of the cars blocked it from going forward.

Officers at the scene interviewed numerous witnesses, who gave several different versions of events.

It does not appear that any of the drivers who were blocking police cars were arrested, nor were any of the agitators blocking the street arrested.

Blocking public right of ways and blocking police vehicles are criminal acts. As activities which block two or more city blocks require a permit to be applied for 120 days in advance, it is highly likely the agitators did not have a permit. From texas.gov:

Sec. 42.03. OBSTRUCTING HIGHWAY OR OTHER PASSAGEWAY. (a) A person commits an offense if, without legal privilege or authority, he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

(1) obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, elevator, aisle, hallway, entrance, or exit to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access, or any other place used for the passage of persons, vehicles, or conveyances, regardless of the means of creating the obstruction and whether the obstruction arises from his acts alone or from his acts and the acts of others;

It is a defense of the above statute if the action is for speech or other communications if persons in authority have not ordered the group of people to “move, disperse, or otherwise remedy the violation”.

It is not known if the police had ordered the protestors/mob to disperse. Chief Manley did not mention such an order in his Youtube interview.

The actions of the protestors/mob seem to have been condoned by Austin authorities, which would explain the lack of arrests in this tragic case. There may be a lawsuit in the City of Austin's future.

Consider the position of the driver. He is driving on public streets, and is blocked by a mob of numerous persons who angrily beat on his vehicle. He is where he has a right to be; they appear to be breaking the law. He says a person with an AK47 pointed the rifle at him. Several people in his position have be shot, shot at, or dragged from the vehicle and beaten.

Given the circumstance, it is difficult to believe a grand jury, even in Austin, Texas, would indict him.

Consider the other shooter from the crowd. They fired at a vehicle leaving the scene, which was no longer a threat to anyone. The possibility of them facing charges for aggravated assault, attempted murder, reckless endangerment, or simply shooting inside city limits, seems plausible.

Leftist news outlets, such as the BBC, are irresponsibly quoting selected witnesses from the scene as saying the driver shot Foster without provocation. From the BBC:

Garrett Foster was pushing his fiancée's wheelchair at the protest when a car drove into the crowd, his mother Sheila Foster told US media.

As demonstrators approached the car, someone inside the vehicle opened fire on the group.

Later, the BBC mentions that Foster was carrying an AK47 style rifle. Ironically, Foster is quoted as speaking to independent journalist Hiram Gilberto Garcia, not long before the shooting:

They don't let us march in the streets anymore, so I got to practice some of our rights,” he said, on a social media live stream. “(But) if I use it against the cops, I'm dead.”

The police and Austin government were allowing the protestors/mob to march in the streets. It is arguably the proximate cause of the shooting.

If the participants had not been blocking the street, if they had not swarmed the car, it is unlikely the shooting would have occurred.

It appears Foster and the two shooters all had Texas carry permits. Foster's mother said he had a permit, and Police Chief Manley states the two shooters had permits.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler used the event to claim there are “too many guns”.

Police Chief Manley has asked for people to submit any video or photographic evidence they may have to the police, as the investigation is ongoing.

No one has been arrested at this time.


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About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Cruiser
Cruiser
2 months ago

They’ll find out, it ain’t no video game

JackL
JackL
2 months ago

He pushed his luck, now he’s pushing up daisies.

a.x. perez
a.x. perez
2 months ago

My kid is a doctor in Austin. The possibility that she would be injured by people pulling this garbage as she responded to an accident and/or lost a patient to “Peaceful demonstrators” blocking the street(s) she needed to use makes my blood boil.

Tionico
Tionico
2 months ago

Anyone want to guess or predict how long it will take before this sort of thing begins to be a normal occurrence across the country? It would be sad to see, but nowhere near as sad as the destruction that continues nationwide. History indicates that if this were to happen in Portland Wheeler and Company would have the defender jailed, disarmed, tried, and convicted in short order, as was that video reporter who drew his handgun when pressed by an obviosuly violence-minded crowd. I saw the video and was shocked when the guy ws convicted. Remains on appeal. But, if… Read more »

james
james
2 months ago

More gun laws? Both men owned and operated legally owned firearms. One made the deadly mistake to use it to intimidate, his own social media words.

Garrett Foster was recorded in an early video where he appeared to suggest his AK was for intimidation purposes.

james
james
2 months ago

Looks like Mr. Garret was DEAD RIGHT.

Garrett Foster was recorded in an early video where he appeared to suggest his AK was for intimidation purposes.

StreetSweeper
StreetSweeper
2 months ago

Another good one!

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Tionico
Tionico
2 months ago

quote: Austin Mayor Steve Adler used the event to claim there are “too many guns”.” He is only partially correct: there was ONE too many guns on the street that night, and that one was in the hands of a punk who used it to threaten an innocent. That gun is no longer in the wrong hands. As should be. Until Austin police grow up, put on their Big Boy Pants, and begin arresting these rioters for violating the Texas statute quoted above, these nighttime games will continue. It remains to be seen whether more of the rioters will follow… Read more »

Wass
Wass
2 months ago

All I can say is, I feel sorry for the girlfriend/fiancé.

james
james
2 months ago
Reply to  Wass

Why? I don’t. His stupid choice to be there to indimidate with his rifle.

Garrett Foster was recorded in an early video where he appeared to suggest his AK was for intimidation purposes.

JIAZ
JIAZ
2 months ago

Don’t be late for work.

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Get Out
Get Out
2 months ago

Incident is beginning to firm up. BLM witnesses said the dude was pushing the wife in her wheelchair and wasn’t a threat, oops new video shows differently. Hopefully more video will surface to show what really happened.

BLM safety memo, do not block or impede vehicles on the roadways period, do not stand in front of vehicles on roadways, do not pound on vehicles in roadways, do not point weapons at vehicles in roadways.

JPM
JPM
2 months ago

A very good beginning. One down, several thousand left to go.

Ruger1
Ruger1
2 months ago

“It does not appear that any of the drivers who were blocking police cars were arrested, nor were any of the agitators blocking the street arrested.” Sooooo…. Which is it??? Blocking Public Right of Ways and Blocking Police Vehicles ARE Criminal Acts, and Yet None of These Idiots Were Arrested??? Why have a Frigging Law on the Books, If Your Not Going to Enforce It??? All of These antifa & blm Scumbags Should have been Arrested and Their Vehicles Impounded!!!! Let Their Mommy & Daddy’s Pay to get their vehicles out!!!! And Don’t these Useless Parents Know WTF theirs Little… Read more »

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
2 months ago

You don’t mess with Texas, I guess this dead Texan forgot that saying.

Tionico
Tionico
2 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

looks more like dead thug tried to “Mess with Texas” and found out too late and too hard that he oughtn’t have done. One piece of good news is: he won’t ever do that again.

mottlee
mottlee
2 months ago

Play stupid games, Win stupid prize…. As for adding MORE gun laws, That will NOT help, The ones on the books are/can not be enforced. These are NOT “Protests” any longer, But a “Lets see what we can steal/Burn and destroy and until the PD can use the tools they have and the BACKING of City/State Gov’t this WILL continue. What these places need is a few days of “Blue Flu” not of just a few but ALL…

brickjensen
brickjensen
2 months ago

Take it to heart and pay attention. This is Texas and we love our state to remain free of the BLM anti-American antifa. Keep your BS in blue states or more will perish.

Some guy
Some guy
2 months ago

So an American killed a terrorist, who gives a fuck? Kill more.

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  Some guy

BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM, shaka laka !!!

PAF145
PAF145
2 months ago

Peaceful demonstrators don’t show up with a rifle wearing a disguise

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
2 months ago
Reply to  PAF145

Uh, I don’t know. I show up at 2A rallies armed with pistol and AR-15….and a COVID-19 mask. I intend to be peaceful…..

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
2 months ago
Reply to  PAF145

I guess you don’t call the attendees of the VCDL Lobby Day in Richmond, Virginia, in January peaceful either.

PAF145
PAF145
2 months ago

How many of them made threatening videos ?

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
2 months ago
Reply to  PAF145

Quite a lot made made threatening videos, actually, given that Virginia was about to eliminate the 2nd Amendment. A Virginia Sheriff even vowed to assemble a militia.

Anyway, your comment was about “Peaceful demonstrators don’t show up with a rifle wearing a disguise”. The attendees of the VCDL Lobby Day in Richmond were peaceful, showed up with rifles, many were wearing tactical gear and some were wearing masks as protection against the government’s face recognition software.

Knute
Knute
2 months ago

It just goes to show that everything in life is situation dependent. One must always be aware of their surrounding situation. In the Old West, a group of masked men approaching a stagecoach was a threat. A group of masked men driving a herd of cows, though, were just trying to keep from breathing the dust. That is what situation dependent means. It means thinking, and NOT just following a set of rules some guy you don’t know wrote down somewhere. THAT is the cardinal error made by all fundamentalists, whether they be fundamentalist Muslims, fundamentalist Christians, fundamentalist Buddhists, fundamentalist… Read more »

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Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
2 months ago

Antifa Bomb Mastermind Caught By Grandma’s Cosplay Review.Unfortunately it is on Salty Cracker’s YouTube Channel which has a lot of foul language.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 months ago

I am sorry for the family of this USEFUL IDIOT being used as cannon fodder by the ANTI-AMERICAN ‘antifa-g’, ‘blm’ and ‘s.alinski’ WANNABE FASCISTS.
This WANNABE FASCIST CHOSE to go RIOT with a gun in his hand.
He CHOSE to run up to a car window and apparently pointed a rifle at the people inside. He PAID the ultimate price for acting STUPID.
Now HIS family will miss him!!!!!!!

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Maybe…….. maybe not…… he might have been the family 姧- h that everyone dreaded seeing.

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable
2 months ago

Foster must have been from out-of-state. Who else is dumb enough to point a weapon at an innocent Texan???

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable
2 months ago

Remember in November: This stuff ONLY happens in democrat cities.

StreetSweeper
StreetSweeper
2 months ago

This clownshoe will be a meme for years to come. My favorite so far, “AK 47 for sale, only fired 5 times, dropped once”.

Tionico
Tionico
2 months ago
Reply to  StreetSweeper

NICE!!!!

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
2 months ago
Reply to  StreetSweeper

The problem with that meme is, the AK 47 wasn’t fired. The 5 shots came from the driver.

Darkman
Darkman
2 months ago

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Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 months ago
Reply to  Darkman

ROUGH LANGUAGE —— BUT, —- HONEST and TO-THE-POINT.

Darkman
Darkman
2 months ago
Reply to  Darkman
Thanks to [email protected] for finally Okaying this Post after several attempts. More people speaking Tue to Action is what is needed in these trying times.
Darkman
Darkman
2 months ago
Reply to  Darkman

Thanks to Brian @ammoland for finally approving this post after several attempts. More people with Skin in the Game, Speaking Truth to Action is what is needed in these Trying Times

Nightmare
Nightmare
2 months ago

The elements of the common law defense of self-defense are four; be innocent of instigation, be in reasonable fear of bodily harm, use sufficient force only to deliver oneself from harm, attempt to withdraw.

One need not suffer the first blow.

Better tried by twelve men good and true than carried by six weeping and blue.

TStheDeplorable
TStheDeplorable
2 months ago
Reply to  Nightmare

The problems is finding twelve “good and true” among a jury panel. This jury would be in Austin, Texas, where the only outrage is over the citizen defending himself.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 months ago

NULLIFICATION of EVERY CHARGE when an individual is FORCED to DEFEND themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It only takes ONE on a jury!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JIAZ
JIAZ
2 months ago

Mission: to create a class of Americans that are willing to protect and defend themselves, their families, and their communities from violent actors in turbulent times.

We are a pro-active class that is PREPARED to MOBILIZE and DEFEND our country from all enemies foreign and domestic.

https://www.americancontingency.com/

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
2 months ago

Not surprising,it was just a matter of time with Burn,Loot,Murder rioters rampaging the streets before something would occur.

aebiv
aebiv
2 months ago

If you actually watch the video, you’ll see that the driver was in the free and clear, and turned right on a red, in to protestors crossing the street. FWIW, in Austin, pedestrians have the right of way. You’ll also see, his car was not swarmed, nor did anyone even touch it. His drivers side window was also down already. Foster yelled for everyone to get back, while getting in front of his lady in the wheel chair, when the driver open fired on him. This is not as clear cut as you seem to present this, which is a… Read more »

Nightmare
Nightmare
2 months ago
Reply to  aebiv

Lots of videos for the Grand Jury / Prosecutor and for the trial jury to view as they make their judgement.

Superman
Superman
2 months ago

Don’t hold your breath, Dean.

Matt in Oklahoma
Matt in Oklahoma
2 months ago
Reply to  aebiv

I did watch the video and they are clearly running towards the vehicle right up until the shooting starts

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
2 months ago
Reply to  aebiv

You sound like a sympathizer to me so why don’t you make up some posters and March with them and hope you don’t see my 10 mm one day……cant wait

MS-Steve
MS-Steve
2 months ago
Reply to  aebiv

WHERE DAT VIDEO bee at…. BEE-0tch??

Get Out
Get Out
2 months ago
Reply to  aebiv

The videos coming out now show a different scenario from what you say happened. Video shows crowd swarming the vehicle prior to shots being fired. I’m sure there’s video showing us how he approached the car with his AK.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
2 months ago
Reply to  aebiv

I see, you specialize in fiction.

estim8ing
estim8ing
2 months ago

Sadly this will likely not be the last of these events to occur. As long as officials refuse to enforce the laws that they were elected to uphold, then the breaking point of regular law abiding people will be reached. A trained armed person with the correct mindset will react correctly with violence, as this driver did, when confronted with violence.

Huzzah

Superman
Superman
2 months ago
Reply to  estim8ing

‘Nothing wrong with shooting people as long as the right people get shot’ – Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry.

hippybiker
hippybiker
2 months ago
Reply to  Superman

“Do you fell luck, well do you, Punk?!”— Dirty Harry

hippybiker
hippybiker
2 months ago
Reply to  hippybiker

Sorry. “Do you feel lucky, we’ll do you, Punk?!”

bucshot
bucshot
2 months ago
Reply to  Superman

Clint should be running California !!!