The former sheriff’s detective who allegedly killed his wife, teen daughter and her high school football star boyfriend was reportedly arrested Monday morning while in possession of a pistol.
Stephen Broderick, 41, was collared near Manor, a city about 12 miles northeast of Austin, after cops received a 911 call about a man walking near US Highway 290, KVUE’s Tony Plohetski reported in a tweet.
Broderick was arrested without incident some 20 hours after the shooting, he added.
The Manor Police Department said the suspect had a handgun but that no shots were fired at the time of his arrest, KXAN reported.
He was captured between Manor and Elgin on Old Kimbro Road just south of Highway 290 after police received calls reporting a suspicious person.
The Travis County Sheriff’s Office — where Broderick had worked as a detective — took the lead in the arrest with the assistance of Manor police, according to the news outlet.
Broderick is suspected of killing his wife, Amanda Broderick, teen daughter, Alyssa, and Willie Simmons III, a standout linebacker who had signed with the University of North Texas, according to reports.
He retired from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office last year after being charged with and jailed for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
Broderick was also previously an investigator with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, KXAN reported.
“I’m especially grateful to the vigilant citizen who called 911 after seeing Broderick, and to the Manor PD officers and TCSO deputies who took him into custody this morning,” Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez said in a statement.
“I’m truly heartbroken that a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy is the suspect in such a horrific incident,” Hernandez said. “TCSO is standing by to provide any, and all assistance we can to the families of the victims in their time of need.
“I’m proud of the integrity and professionalism shown by the men and women of TCSO, APD and other law enforcement agencies, who worked tirelessly throughout the night to locate Stephen Broderick,” she added.
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