Man who shot BLM protester, veteran is released due to self-defense

A man in Texas was forced to open fire on a US Air Force veteran over the weekend after the latter aimed a rifle at him during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Austin.

Garrett Foster, who was armed with a Palmetto State Armory AK-pattern rifle while pushing his quadripelegic girlfriend’s wheelchair during the protest, was fatally shot after he confronted a vehicle that some believe was approaching the crowd with ill-intent.

Foster was caught on camera as he approached the driver on his side of the vehicle with his weapon, and soon multiple shots rang out, with many reporting that rifle shots preceded shots that sounded more akin to that of pistol-caliber ammunition.

According to the Daily Mail (who erroneously referred to Foster’s semi-automatic as an “assault rifle”), Foster did not get any shots off, though a third-party may have returned fire on the  

The driver, who then left the scene in his vehicle, called 911 and later turned himself in to law enforcement,who released him on the grounds of self defense.

Since the incident, Foster’s girlfriend and family have organized gatherings at the scene of the shooting to remember the Air Force veteran.

“Say his name, Garrett Foster,” the crowds chanted.

In a video shot by a local journalist prior to the shooting, Foster hefted his rifle and claimed he was armed in order to combat police brutality.

“They don’t let us march in the streets anymore so gotta practice some of our rights,” he said.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley confirmed that Foster was carrying a rifle at the time he approached the vehicle, and witnesses vary when describing whether or not he had his weapon pointing at the driver in the “high ready” or “low ready” position.

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