Austin Police Releases Timeline of Events in Officer-Involved Shooting That Wounded Murder Suspect

Austin Police Releases Timeline of Events in Officer-Involved Shooting That Wounded Murder Suspect

The Austin Police Department (APD) continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, January 21, 2024. 

At approximately 12:29 a.m., Austin 9-1-1 received an emergency call requesting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 12310 Uttimer Lane. The caller reported that someone had been stabbed multiple times, and that the victim “was bleeding a lot.” The caller further stated that the male suspect who stabbed the victim, was holding a knife and was still inside the residence with a female victim. At approximately 12:33 a.m., the first APD officer was assigned to the call.  

At approximately 12:36 a.m., three Austin Police officers arrived at the scene in marked police units and wearing distinct APD uniforms. The officers located several people outside of the residence and began to gather information. One of the persons within the group, who appeared to have multiple stab wounds, pointed officers towards the door of the residence and stated there were other people inside the house. As the officers approached the door of the residence, they heard screaming within the residence. Due to the immediate need to preserve life and prevent further harm to the individuals inside, the officers decided to make entry through the front door of the residence.  

At approximately 12:37 a.m., three officers entered the residence through the front door, which was unlocked. Officers entered the residence and observed the suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Jose Reynaldo Martinez-Argueta, with a knife, while holding a female with multiple stab wounds.  To protect the life of the victim, officers discharged their Department-approved firearms, hitting Martinez-Argueta. 

At approximately 12:38 a.m., “shots fired” was announced over police radio traffic.  

The female victim who was being held by Martinez-Argueta was escorted out of the residence by officers. Officers then located several other individuals, including three uninjured children, inside the residence. Officers were able to safely escort them out of the residence as well. Both victims were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated for serious injuries and later released. 

A third victim with multiple stab wounds, later identified as 30-year-old Maryuri Leticia Reconco-Moncada, was located inside the residence on the floor of a bedroom. Officers attempted to render life-saving measures on her. Unfortunately, at approximately 1:06 a.m., Reconco-Moncada was pronounced deceased.  

At approximately 1:00 a.m., Martinez-Argueta was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition.

Detectives assigned to the Homicide and the Special Investigations Unit responded to the scene to investigate. During the investigation, it was determined that Martinez-Argueta and Reconco-Moncada, were in a relationship. Detectives learned that Martinez-Argueta and Reconco-Moncada were involved in a physical disturbance when Martinez-Argueta stabbed Reconco-Moncada, causing her death. Martinez-Argueta also stabbed the other two victims, whom were both taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Martinez-Argueta is currently charged with one count of 1st degree felony Murder and two counts of 2nd degree felony Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

The incident was captured on three officers’ body-worn cameras. Three APD officers discharged their Department-approved firearms. Per APD protocol, the officers have been placed on administrative leave. One officer has 4 years of service, another 5 and a half years of service, and the third officer has 8 months of service with the Department. 

APD will conduct two concurrent investigations into this incident: a criminal investigation conducted by the APD Special Investigations Unit in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and an administrative investigation conducted by the APD Internal Affairs Unit, with oversight from the Office of Police Oversight. 

Anyone with any information should contact the Austin Police Department at 512-974-TIPS. You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting or calling 512-472-8477.