Austin, Texas Lawyer Who Tried to Kill Ex-Girlfriend Found Dead
Last week, we learned that a lawyer from Austin, who was upset that his ex-girlfriend would not get back together with him, walked into her place of employment and tried to shoot her. He failed and was tackled by two patrons in that bar. The lawyer, Gavin Rush, was arrested but then bonded out of jail shortly. We now have a tragic follow up to this story.
The original incident happened on Saturday, November 26 when Gavin Rush walked into a North Austin bar to confront his ex-girlfriend about why she didn't want to get back into a relationship with him. When he showed up to the bar, she refused again which lead Rush to pulling out a gun and attempting to shoot her. Rush was arrested and bonded out of jail shortly after.
On Wednesday, November 30, Austin Police were called to the 13500 block of Lyndhurst Street to perform a welfare check (FOX 7 Austin). It was here that police found Gavin Rush dead. The investigation is still ongoing and Rush's death is not considered suspicious.
During the struggle with two patrons at the bar of Rush's ex-girlfriend, Rush did tried to shoot himself. It is safe to assume that he may have committed suicide partly due to this incident.
Original Story From Wednesday, November 30
Domestic violence is a problem in East Texas, in Texas, in our entire country. Its a situation that is so hard for someone to get out of because there is that ultimate control that has been engrained in that person's mind. Once that person does get out, it can still take a while for that control to loosen it's grasp. An incident in Austin, Texas just proves how that control after the breakup can still exist and even lead to an attempt to end the former partner's life.
This Abusive Relationship in Austin
An Austin woman needed to end an abusive three year relationship with attorney Gavin Rush (FOX 7 Austin). Over the next month and a half after she ended the relationship, Rush tried to get back together with her but she refused. Rush started sending threatening texts to her. She stopped replying to his texts so he decided to show up at her job at an Austin bar to talk to her some more.
When Gavin Rush confronted her at her job, she again refused to talk to him. That's when he pulled out a gun and attempted to shoot her. Two bar patrons who were sitting on stools next to Rush tackled him and wrestled the gun away from him. Rush was arrested and bonded out of jail, prompting some criticism from the Austin Police Association.
It's an attempt to regain control when a victim is trying to leave. - Nikhita Ved, The SAFE Alliance.
The entire incident was captured on video from what we can assume is the bar's security cameras. Austin City Council Member, Mackenzie Kelly, posted the video on her Twitter account.
Gavin Rush Walks Up to the Bar
Rush Reaches Into a Bag
Rush Pulls a Gun from the Bag
Bar Patron Tackles Rush
Bar Patron Continues to Wrestle with Rush
Bar Patron, with Help From Another Patron, Take Rush to the Ground
See the Full Video Below
If you are reading this and are in an abusive relationship, it can be very hard to get out. There are organizations available to help in East Texas like the East Texas Crisis Center. They are just a phone call away if you need help, 903-509-2526. If you are reading this outside of East Texas, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.