A fugitive killer-cop was arrested in Texas on Monday morning after shooting dead his wife, daughter and her boyfriend, just hours earlier
Stephen Nicholas Broderick allegedly shot the trio near The Arboretum in the north-west of the city in what officers called a ‘domestic situation’
Broderick, 41, is believed to have killed his estranged wife Amanda Denise Broderick, 35, his 16-year-old daughter Alyssa Broderick and Alyssa’s boyfriend Willie Simmons, both high school students, on Sunday
His wife said she feared he’d murder them after he was fired and jailed for raping a teenage family member in June
Broderick was arrested for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old family member
The victim informed her mother of alleged assault, who took her for a medical exam that confirmed the abuse, according to an arrest warrant affidavit
Police never named the child sex assault victim but they said the girl’s mother reported the crime
The suspect was bonded on $50,000 and told to stay 200 feet away from his daughter Alyssa afterwards In family court, but it ended his police career
Fearing her husband would seek revenge on her and the kids because the allegation had been made public Amanda fought his release
The SWAT trained officer ‘knew how to hurt someone’ she said, and she was afraid he’d come after them for reporting the sexual assault to the police and ruining his career
The judge however, ordered his ankle monitor in November because he’d behaved well until then
Judge Karen Sage justified removing Broderick’s ankle monitor despite Amanda’s pleas, saying: ‘It’s a pretty common thing to do, frankly’
A former detective with the Austin police department was arrested Monday for suspected triple homicide affecting his family.
Former Austin cop Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, allegedly shot three people near The Arboretum apartment complex in the north-west of the city in what officers called a ‘domestic situation’, on Sunday morning.
One of the victims, the suspect’s estranged wife Amanda Broderick, had said she feared he’d murder her and their kids last year, eight months before he shot her dead along with their daughter and daughter’s boyfriend while on bail for allegedly raping a teenage girl in his family.
Broderick was arrested on Monday walking along U.S. 290 after two people phoned police at around 7 am. He was taken into custody without incident but had a pistol in his waistband, police said.
On Sunday, the former law enforcement officer shot and killed his wife Amanda, 35, his daughter Alyssa, 16, and Alyssa’s boyfriend, Willie Simmons, then went on the run shortly after 11.42 am.
The deaths of Alyssa Broderick and Willie Simmons was confirmed by their school district on Monday.
Another child, believed to be Broderick’s son, who was also in the home at the time was not harmed.
Broderick was a detective within the Travis County Sheriff’s Office until June 2020, when he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. While police never named the child sex assault victim, they did say it was a family member whose mother reported the crime. Other sources revealed that Alyssa accused her father of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.
In family court, Amanda said she feared he would seek revenge on her and the kids because the allegation had been made public. However, Stephen Broderick was released from custody 16 days after is arrest after posting a $50,000 bond., but he was told not to go within 200 feet of his daughter, Alyssa.
In November Amanda Broderick was in court pleading that she is granted a protective order against her estranged husband: ‘I’m afraid he will try to hurt me or my children, because these allegations have come out and he may lose his career. Stephen has prior military experience and is SWAT trained. If he wanted to hurt someone, he would know how,’ she said.
However, state district judge Karen Sage agreed to remove the monitor despite Amanda’s pleas, claiming it was a ‘pretty common thing to do’.
Broderick was arrested on Monday walking along U.S. 290. Police found a gun in his waistband and what appeared to be a pocket knife. Broderick was taken into custody on capital murder charges. Subsequently, the Travis County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to revoke that bond on Sunday, after he’d already killed his wife, daughter and daughter’s boyfriend.
In a statement confirming Alyssa and Willie’s deaths, the Elgin School District said: ‘We are heartbroken by the news of this senseless tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of Willie Simmons III and Alyssa Broderick.
‘Although Alyssa withdrew from Elgin ISD back in the fall, she was an Elgin ISD student from 2009 to October 2020.
‘She was an excellent student and athlete, enrolled in our Early College High School program and played on our girls’ basketball team.
‘Willie was a senior at Elgin High School.
‘He was an exceptional young man and leader among his peers.
‘Strong, both academically and athletically, he represented the very best of Elgin ISD.
‘He was the Captain of our football team; a friend to everyone he met; and most recently, recruited to play football for the University of North Texas,’ Elgin School District said in a statement.
Friends of the pair say they were both destined ‘for greatness’.
According to the police report, Stephen Broderick shot dead his his His wife Amanda and his daughter Alyssa Broderick around 11.42 am on Sunday, April 18 inside Amanda’s her residence at the Arboretum apartments in Travis County, Texas. He also killed Alyssa’s boyfriend, Willie Simmons before fleeing. However, 24 hours police took him into custody – around 7.30 Monday morning
Broderick was arrested on Monday at 7.30am, 14 miles from where the shootings were. He was reported to police by people who saw him acting suspiciously. He had a gun in his waistband
Helicopters, SWAT teams and FBI agents were involved in the hunt for the fugitive killer ex-lawman on Sunday.
Another minor child who is connected to the case, believed to be Broderick’s son, was also in the home at the time. He reportedly, was not harmed in the attack.
After shooting the victims in an apartment, Broderick fled the complex. On Monday morning, two people called 911 to report him walking along the road in Manor, Texas, some 14 miles from where the murders happened.
Broderick was arrested last June 6 on a charge of sexually assaulting a child, and spent 16 days behind bars before posting a $50,000 bail.
The alleged assault took place in a home in Elgin, a town about 20 miles east of Austin, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The victim told her mother, who took her for a medical exam that confirmed the abuse.
Sunday’s shooting took place in an apartment complex in The Arboretum neighborhood on the northwest side of Austin.
Police Chief Chacon said cops were on the scene four minutes after receiving reports that shots have been fired.
He identified the victims as two Hispanic women and one black man.
Describing the suspect, he said: ‘We think we know our suspect, Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41.
‘We are concerned he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave.’
He said Broderick is 5 feet, 7 inches (1.7 meters) tall and Black. He was wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap.
Chief Chacon continued: ‘We don’t know if he’s on a vehicle or on foot. We are asking individuals to continue sheltering in place because this is still an active.’
Asked if the suspect was a former detective facing child sex charges also called Stephen Broderick, Chief Chacon initially refused to confirm this but later confirmed the suspect ‘at one time was a deputy with the Travis County Sheriff’s office.’