The wife of former Austin detective Stephen Broderick said she feared he’d murder her and their kids last year, eight months before he shot her dead along with their daughter and daughter’s boyfriend while on bail for allegedly raping a teenage girl in his family.
Broderick, 41, was arrested on Monday walking along U.S. 290 after two people phoned police at around 7am. He was taken into custody without incident but had a pistol in his waistband.
On Sunday, Broderick shot Amanda, 35, his daughter Alyssa, 16, and Alyssa’s boyfriend, Willie Simmons, then went on the run shortly after 11.42am.
Amanda’s attorney, who had been fighting to protect her from Stephen, confirmed her death to DailyMail.com on Monday. Alyssa and Willie were both named by their school district. Another child, believed to be Broderick’s son, was not harmed.
Broderick was a detective within the Travis County Sheriff’s Office until June 2020, when he was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
While police never named the child sex assault victim, they did say it was a family member whose mother reported the crime. In family court, Amanda said she feared he would seek revenge on her and the kids because the allegation had been made public.
He was released from custody 16 days after is arrest after posting a $50,000 bond. He was told not to go within 200ft of his daughter, Alyssa.
Amanda pleaded with the courts to grant her a protective order against him.
‘I’m afraid he will try to hurt me or my children, because these allegations have come out and he may lose his career. Stephen has prior military experience and is SWAT trained. If he wanted to hurt someone, he would know how,’ she said.
State District Judge Karen Sage agreed to remove the monitor despite Amanda’s pleas, claiming it was a ‘pretty common thing to do’.
This is the moment killer detective Stephen Broderick surrendered to police in Manor, Texas, at 7.30am on Monday, a day after killing his wife, their daughter and their daughter’s boyfriend
Broderick is shown standing with his hands on his head after being ordered in to the middle of the road
Police found a gun in his waistband and what appeared to be a pocket knife. Broderick was taken into custody on capital murder charges
Stephen Broderick, 41, was arrested on Monday walking along U.S. 290. He is shown in a June 2020 mugshot, when he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child
The Travis County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to revoke that bond on Sunday, after he’d already killed his wife, daughter and daughter’s boyfriend.
In a statement confirming Alyssa and Willie’s deaths, the Elgin School District said: ‘We are heartbroken by the news of this senseless tragedy, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of Willie Simmons III and Alyssa Broderick.
‘Although Alyssa withdrew from Elgin ISD back in the fall, she was an Elgin ISD student from 2009 to October 2020.
‘She was an excellent student and athlete, enrolled in our Early College High School program and played on our girls’ basketball team.
‘Willie was a senior at Elgin High School.
‘He was an exceptional young man and leader among his peers.
‘Strong, both academically and athletically, he represented the very best of Elgin ISD.
‘He was the Captain of our football team; a friend to everyone he met; and most recently, recruited to play football for the University of North Texas,’ Elgin School District said in a statement.
Friends of the pair say they were both destined ‘for greatness’.
Broderick’s teenage daughter Alyssa, right, was named along with her boyfriend, Willie Simmons, as two of his victims. Alyssa was still in high school and Willie had graduated and was in college. They were named by their school district
Stephen’s wife Amanda filed for a protective order in August last year after telling a judge that she feared he was going to hurt her and her children. Records show it was still pending
Broderick was arrested on Monday at 7.30am, 14 miles from where the shootings were. He was reported to police by people who saw him acting suspiciously. He had a gun in his waistband
Helicopters, SWAT teams and FBI agents were involved in the hunt for Broderick on Sunday.
Another child who is connected to the case – believed to be Broderick’s son – was not harmed in the attack.
After shooting the victims in an apartment, Broderick fled the complex. It’s unclear if he was in a vehicle or on foot.
On Monday morning, two people called 911 to report him walking along the road in Manor, Texas, some 14 miles from where the murders happened.
Judge Karen Sage justified removing the killer cop’s ankle monitor in November despite his wife pleading with her not to, saying: ‘It’s a pretty common thing to do, frankly’
Broderick was arrested last June 6 on a charge of sexually assaulting a child, and spent 16 days behind bars before posting a $50,000 bail.
The alleged assault took place in a home in Elgin, a town about 20 miles east of Austin, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
The victim told her mother, who took her for a medical exam that confirmed the abuse.
Sunday’s shooting took place in an apartment complex in The Arboretum neighborhood on the northwest side of Austin.
Shots were first reported Sunday in a 911 call at 11.42am CT, with Austin Police Department at 1pm confirming that the shooter was still active.
In a second release 40 minutes later, APD said the incident is believed to be a ‘domestic situation’ and suggested the gunman did not pose a risk to the wider public.
However, Chacon later told reporters at a press conference that police were advising people to shelter at home over fears the shooter could ‘take a hostage’.
He said police were no longer treating the case as an active shooter incident but ‘danger remains high’.
Chief Chacon said cops were on the scene four minutes after receiving reports that shots have been fired.
He identified the victims as two Hispanic women and one black man.
Broderick, pictured left in an earlier photo, 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 and later resigned from Travis County Sheriff’s Office
Law enforcement personnel are shown on Sunday hunting Broderick after he went on the run
A Travis County Starlight medical helicopter lands to pick up law enforcement personnel at the scene of the shooting
Describing the suspect, he said: ‘We think we know our suspect, Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41.
‘We are concerned he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave.’
He said Broderick is 5 feet, 7 inches (1.7 meters) tall and Black. He was wearing a gray hoodie, sunglasses and a baseball cap.
Chacon continued: ‘We don’t know if he’s on a vehicle or on foot. We are asking individuals to continue sheltering in place because this is still an active.’
Asked if the suspect was a former detective facing child sex charges also called Stephen Broderick, Chief Chacon initially refused to confirm this but later confirmed the suspect ‘at one time was a deputy with the Travis County Sheriff’s office.’
Dozens of patrol cars rushed to the scene of a shooting in Austin Sunday along with heavily-armed SWAT teams in military fatigues
Broderick allegedly shot three people near The Arboretum in the north-west of the city in what officers called a ‘domestic situation’. Pictured are armored SWAT trucks at the scene
Shots were first reported Sunday in a 911 call at 11.42am CT, with Austin Police Department at 1pm confirming that the shooter was still active