A retired detective has been arrested for the murders of his estranged wife, daughter, and her high school football star boyfriend in a “domestic incident” at an Austin apartment complex on Sunday. The news has left residents all over Texas worried and demanding justice
According to the Austin American-Statesman, Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, was arrested without injury Monday after police got numerous 911 calls about 7 a.m. regarding a man walking on Old Kimbro Road near U.S. 290 just outside Manor. Broderick was armed with a loaded gun when he was apprehended.
In a recent press conference, Austin interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon identified Broderick as a suspect in the triple homicide, naming the victims as two Hispanic adult females and one Black adult male.
“This appears to be a domestic incident and the victims were all known to our suspect and so at this point, we do not think this individual is out targeting random people to shoot them,” Chacon said at a later press conference. Explaining that “that does not mean that he is not dangerous.”
Although administrators have yet to officially name the students, the Elgin school district has named two of them as former students Alyssa Broderick (who attended Elgin High School from 2009 to 2020) and Willie Simmons III, a current senior.
Amanda Broderick, who filed for divorce from Stephen Broderick last year, was named as the third victim according to reports.
“The Elgin ISD community grieves the loss of these two young, promising souls,” said Superintendent Jodi Duron, according to a statement.
Duron characterized Alyssa as “an excellent student and athlete, enrolled in our Early College High School Program” who had also participated on the girls’ basketball team before dropping out in the fall.
She characterized Simmons as “an exceptional young man” who had been a high school leader.
“Strong, both academically and athletically, he represented the very best of Elgin ISD,” she said. “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.”
According to reports from the Austin Police Department, the two teenagers were dating.
Broderick worked as a Travis County investigator before he was arrested in 2020 for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
According to court records, he reportedly committed sexual harassment on June 3, 2020, at an Elgin apartment. The same day, the suspected victim told her mother of the assault.
According to legal documents, Amanda applied for divorce and a restraining order against Broderick after her husband’s detention. Broderick, who was out on bail, was still barred from coming within 200 yards of the couple’s daughter as part of the restraining order, despite the fact that he already had once-monthly visitation with his son.
Amanda mentioned in her restraining order filing that she was scared of her estranged spouse.
“I’m afraid he will try to hurt me or my children because these allegations have come out and he may lose his career,” she said, according to the news source. “Stephen has prior military experience and is SWAT trained. If he wanted to hurt someone, he would know how.”
In November, a judge required Broderick’s monitoring system to be discarded after he had worn it for 142 days with no significant violations.
Broderick, who retired from the sheriff’s office after his conviction, was also ordered to turn in all of his weapons.
He went on the run after the killings, according to investigators, before he was spotted along the path on Monday morning.
“We have three people here that lost their lives, the thoughts and prayers of this community are with them,” Chacon said.
Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez said in a statement issued on Monday, “I’m truly heartbroken that a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office Deputy is the suspect in such a horrific incident. TCSO is standing by to provide any, and all assistance we can to the families of the victims in their time of need.”