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An airman was shot and killed Jan. 20, 2019, in front of his wife at an apartment complex in Texas.
An airman was shot and killed Jan. 20, 2019, in front of his wife at an apartment complex in Texas. (KWTX)

AUSTIN, Texas — An airman was shot and killed Sunday night in front of his wife at an apartment complex in Texas, local officials said.

The Cedar Park Police Department identified the active-duty airman Monday as Austin Robert Burroughs, 22. The airman first class was a student stationed at Presidio of Monterey, Calif., according to records from the Air Force Personnel Center.

About 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Cedar Park police responded to a call about gunfire at the Lakeline Villas Apartments, according to police. A second call followed, stating a man had been shot. When officers arrived, they found Burroughs dead with an apparent gunshot wound.

The case remains under investigation and the killer is still on the loose.

The investigation revealed the couple arrived at the apartment complex, and, after parking, Burroughs was exiting the driver’s side of the vehicle when the shooter approached and fired his gun.

Police described the shooter as a male of thin build and average height who was wearing an orange- or red-colored hoodie and dark sweatpants. He left the scene in a gray or silver hatchback and he was armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

At this time, police believe Burroughs' wife lived at the apartment complex, said Alicia Inns, a police spokeswoman. Burroughs lived at his duty station in California.

Based on Air Force service records, Burroughs joined the Air Force on May 30, 2017, and had received the Air Force Training Ribbon, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Air Force Basic Military Training Honor Graduate ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal.

Cedar Park is a northwest suburb of Austin.

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