UPDATE: Court documents outline deadly Austin assault; police call young victim a hero | KAALTV.com

UPDATE: Court documents outline deadly Austin assault; police call young victim a hero

Updated: December 16, 2020 06:40 PM
Created: December 15, 2020 09:32 AM

Jaime Vaca | Courtesy Mower County Jail Jaime Vaca | Courtesy Mower County Jail

(ABC 6 News) - UPDATE 12/16/20 5:30 p.m.:  According to the criminal complaint, police arrived on scene at the 800 block of 3rd Ave. NW Tuesday morning for a domestic call with two victims. A woman was found by officers on the front lawn with a stab wound to her neck.  

Court records state that the woman identified the suspect, Jaime Vaca, as her husband, and told officers her son was inside the home and had also been stabbed.

Documents state that when officers went inside the home they found the young man on the couch with stab wounds. 

The investigation revealed he was stabbed while trying to protect his mother from Vaca. He later died from his injuries at the hospital.

The woman was flown to Mayo Clinic Saint Marys with life threatening injuries.

Court documents state the defendant was found in the home with a knife.  After failing to follow police orders he was shot with a Taser and arrested.

Vaca is now charged with four felonies including 2nd degree murder.

Austin Police Chief David McKichan issued a statement about the incident on social media saying this was one of the most tragic calls he can remember.  

McKichan wrote in part, “There were other hero’s already in that house yesterday before we arrived. Despite everyone’s best efforts we were unable to save the young man who acted the most heroically of anyone yesterday. All of us wanted a different outcome for him. What he did in the defense of his family was incredible and should be recognized. His love for his mother and his siblings was proven without a doubt and all who responded and have knowledge of the investigation were moved by his actions. He saved their lives. I hope in time and with the family involved, that we can recognize him for what he did.”


UPDATE 5:09 p.m.: Austin Police Chief David McKichan said one of the two people injured in an assault just before 9 a.m. Tuesday has died from their injuries.

Police did not release any additional information about the two victims.

The suspect in custody has been identified as 27-year-old Jaime Vaca and is currently being held in the Mower County Jail. The Mower County Attorney's Office is reviewing potential charges. 

The Austin Police Department, Mower County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are continuing to investigate. 


UPDATE: A Lieutenant with the Austin Police Department said two people were hurt during the assault. Police also said one suspect is in custody but did not identify the person. 


The Austin Police Department is investigating a serious assault in NW Austin Tuesday morning.

Austin Police Chief McKichan said the scene at a home on the 800 block of 3rd Ave NW is secure and there is no ongoing threat.

Police said crews are still on the scene and an investigation is ongoing. 

ABC 6 News has a reporter heading to the area. 

This is a breaking news story. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. 

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