Austin County, PVAMU police refusing to release details of officer-involved shooting

AUSTIN COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- Law enforcement agencies are declining to release details of an officer-involved shooting that occurred Monday in Austin County involving an officer from the Prairie View A&M University Police Department.

A man was shot in the neck by the officer, KBTX has learned. It's unclear what the officer was doing in the area Monday when the shooting occurred.

The Austin County Sheriff's Office did confirm it responded to the incident, but refuses to say what time and exactly where in the county it occurred.

"We are referring all media inquiries to the Prairie View A&M Police Department and Texas Rangers," said Rikki Vacek, administrative assistant to Austin County Sheriff Jack W. Brandes.

Prairie View A&M officials are also declining to say what happened. The school released the following statement Tuesday to KBTX:

"Maintaining the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff remains our highest priority. The Texas Rangers have just launched an independent investigation into this matter. Prairie View A&M University is cooperating fully. At this time, we will not jeopardize the ongoing investigation by making a public comment.”

KBTX is not releasing the name of the man shot until we get it confirmed from either family or a law enforcement agency.

A spokesman for the Texas Rangers says he's looking into the matter.

Paul Looney, an attorney claiming to represent the man who was shot, tells News 3's Rusty Surette he's also struggling to get details of what happened.

"He's now in a Houston hospital and his condition is stable," said Looney, a criminal defense attorney based in Houston and Hempstead.