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Austin police are on the hunt for a former sheriff’s detective who is suspected of killing two women and a man on Sunday.

Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, is considered armed and dangerous .

“We have people who have lost their lives out here. We are going to be doing our very best to conduct the best investigation that we can and also to get this person into custody as quickly as possible and, hopefully, with no further loss of life,” said Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon. “Authorities are concerned that he might possibly take a hostage while the search is underway.”

According to reports, officers responded to a 911 call coming from an apartment complex near Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway around 11:42 a.m.

Police confirmed that Broderick acted alone in what they believe was an act of domestic violence and the shelter in place was lifted.

New details have emerged about the former detective, who resigned from his role after being arrested and charged for sexual assault of a minor back in 2020.

According to the Austin American Statesmen, the victim made an outcry to her mother, who took the child for an examination and doctors confirmed the abuse.

Broderick was arrested on June 6 by the U.S. Marshals Service and charged with sexual assault of a child. He was placed on administrative leave without pay.

Broderick was booked into jail and spent 16 days behind bars prior to posting bail, which was set at $50,000.

Broderick, a property crimes detective, resigned after his arrest, according to Travis County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark.

Court and public records show that Broderick’s wife filed for a protective order and divorce shortly after her husband’s arrest.

It is not known if this case is connected to the shootings.

Broderick is described as an African American male standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, and was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information on Broderick’s whereabouts is asked to call 512-974-5017.