Son Of Luddie Austin From A&E’s Manhunters Is Shot To Death

Posted By Urban News Hour | February 27, 2013

The teenage son of Sgt. Luddie Austin, the star of reality television show ‘Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force’ has been shot dead in Trenton, New Jersey.

College student James Austin, 18, was fatally shot in the chest during an argument next door to his home at 1.45 p.m. on Tuesday after an argument broke out with an as-yet unidentified individual.

Family members have said that father of eight, Sgt. Austin, who appeared in the popular A&E show until his retirement in 2011 is devastated, especially since his son had recently become the father of twins.

‘Luddie was so proud of that,’ said relative Carl Oliver.

Lt. Stephen Varn told The Trentonian that James became involved in altercation on the 900 block of East State Street when he was fired upon.

He was rushed to the Capital Health Regional Center, where doctors pronounced him dead.

The teenage father’s tan Honda car had its rear window shattered – although Lt. Varn said it was unclear whether this was caused by a gunshot.

Residents confirmed that the mother of James’ six-month-old twins lives on the same block and Varn added that the suspects fled the scene in a silver Honda Civic that had suffered damage to its front windshield.

The Trentonian revealed that around 5 p.m. that day a woman identifying herself as the mother of James Austin called the newspaper to discuss her sons murder.

She said that her son was shot by someone while he was fighting with another man.

The Trenton Central High School graduate was studying at the Mercer County Community College for a diploma in business administration.

‘He was a good young man who was on the right path,’ said Sgt. Luddie Austin to the Trentonian.

‘He had a smile that brightened your day.

‘I really appreciate all the overwhelming support from my law enforcement family.’

Sgt. Austin was a 17-year veteran of the Trenton Police Department who served in the first Iraq War and was seconded to the U.S. Marshalls Regional Fugitive Task Force which led to his appearance in ‘Manhunters’.

The hit show follows the work of U.S. Marshals as they work with local law enforcement as they hunt down fugitives who have crossed state boundaries and escaped custody or bail.

Its primary focus was on the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force based out of New York City.



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