The Austin Police and the Travis Country Fire Departments, which are often in the same building, were duping one another into taking part in the horrific attack on a Texas courthouse in early March, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned.
Travis County Sheriff Ken Paxton’s office, which was already well aware of the ongoing attack, and the city of Austin both knew about the attack before it occurred, and both were complicit in it, the investigators found.
According to multiple investigators, Travis County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mike Eames was in Austin at the time of the attack, but the Austin police department and city of Dallas were not, the report says.
In fact, both Austin and Dallas had a plan in place to stop the attack from happening.
According the report, Eames and his deputies had planned to attack the courthouse as it was opening for business, and they were on their way to get ready when the attack began.
They waited in the lobby of the building, but when they arrived, they saw that a group of people were in the area, and one of them had been wounded.
One of the officers opened fire on the group.
The shooting killed the person, but was caught on video and played by the news media.
According an internal investigation conducted by the Travis county district attorney, Eades and his officers knew the shooting was not going to happen.
But Eames told a colleague at the sheriff’s department that the shooting had to happen, and that they could not allow the attack to happen because the attack was going to be caught on camera.
As the attack continued, Eases deputies and officers were confronted by a group that was wearing masks.
A few officers were injured and were taken to a hospital for treatment.
Two of the deputies involved in the attack were fired, and another was placed on administrative leave.
A third was placed in protective custody.
Both of the two Austin police officers involved in their actions were also placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
“As a department, we were dupes,” said the former Travis County district attorney.
“It was one of those things that happened, and it was just a matter of time before it was going on in Austin.
We didn’t want to be dupes.”
Travis Country Fire Department Chief Steve Ladd, who was also at the courthouse, was ordered to appear in court Monday morning to answer questions from the investigators.
According to his attorney, he is being questioned about whether he should have responded in an appropriate manner.
When asked about the investigation, a Travis County spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the county was still conducting its own internal investigation into the incident, and did not have anything to add at this time.
The investigation is ongoing, the spokesperson said.