Texas shooting suspect Stephen Broderick was ex-sheriff’s detective


The suspect in the Texas shooting that left three dead Sunday is a former sheriff’s office detective who had been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, according to a report. Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41 — who is still being sought in the deadly shooting spree in Austin — retired from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office last year after being charged and jailed for allegedly molesting the girl, the Austin American-Statements reported. Broderick was arrested by US Marshals on June 6, three days after the teenager reported that he assaulted her in a home in Elgin, Texas, the newspaper said at the time. Broderick was ordered held on $100,000 bail in the case and placed on administrative leave without pay, the American-Statements said Sunday. He was held in jail for 16 days before he posted a reduced bail amount of $50,000. Broderick’s wife filed for divorce and obtained an order of protection after his arrest, according to court records reviewed by the outlet. He resigned from his job as a detective with the sheriff’s office after his release.

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