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Before Austin shooting, suspect’s family pleaded for more protection: "I’m afraid he might hurt me"

Advocates say the episode is a horrific example of a long-standing problem that hardly ever makes headlines: America’s criminal justice system too often fails to protect victims of domestic and family violence from their abusers.

Law enforcement personnel investigate the scene of a deadly shooting at an apartment complex in Austin on April 18, 2021.  Stephen Broderick, a former sheriff's office detective, is accused of shooting his ex-wife and two other people.

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