Sheriff: Burton shooting suspect arrested, son found safe

Joshua Crowley, Burton shooting suspect, had his son in the car with him during the shooting
Wyatt Crowley, 4, and Joshua Crowley, 36.
Wyatt Crowley, 4, and Joshua Crowley, 36.(Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 10:24 AM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 11:06 AM CDT
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BURTON, Texas (KBTX) - Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak says Joshua Crowley has been arrested and the boy at the center of an Amber Alert has been found safe. In an email Monday evening, Sheriff Hanak said Crowley was arrested without incident by U.S. Marshals in Harris County.

“They were assisted in the arrest by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers,” said Hanak in the email. “This cooperation between Federal, State, County, and City law enforcement officers was invaluable in determining the location of this suspect and saving the 4-year-old child from further harm.

An Amber Alert was issued for a missing Austin boy in connection with a shooting that happened in Burton Sunday. Authorities later confirmed the boy is the son of the shooting suspect, Joshua Crowley.

Hanak said Crowley should be transported to the Washington County Jail within a few hours. He’s charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon following the shooting Sunday. His bond on that charge has been set at $75,000.

According to the sheriff’s office, there was a random shooting in a moving vehicle occurred around 4 p.m. Sunday outside the Burton Short Stop store on FM 390. Sheriff Hanak said several rounds struck a 38-year-old male and the business building. The victim was flown to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan with serious injuries. After the shooting the suspect drove off in an unknown direction.

Authorities identified the suspect as Crowley, 36, of Round Rock and later discovered that his 4-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

During the investigation, authorities discovered that a Washington County patrol deputy had made contact with Crowley that day after a motorist complaint of his vehicle on U.S. 290. Investigators also found out that the suspect, with his 4-year-old son, had parked his vehicle behind the shooting location, where it was seen throughout the day.

An AMBER Alert was issued the same day of the shooting, after the mother of the child reported her son missing to the Austin Police Department. APD was made aware of the Burton shooting that listed Crowley as a suspect after the Washington County Sheriff’s Office sent out a notice for the suspect and vehicle shortly after the shooting.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Joshua Crowley, charging him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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