THE WIFE and daughter of a former sheriff's detective told authorities that they feared him months before he is suspected of killing them.
Alyssa Broderick, her mother Amanda, and her boyfriend Willie Simmons were identified as the victims of a triple shooting in Austin on Sunday.
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Her father Stephen Nicholas Broderick, 41, was named as the suspect and arrested on Monday morning after a police hunt.
Broderick had been hit with child sexual assault charges last year and his wife had reportedly taken out a restraining order against him after his arrest.
According to the Austin-American Statesman, Broderick allegedly carried out the murders yesterday just months after a woman had asserted in a sworn affidavit that she and her child feared he would hurt them.
The woman filed for a protective order after Broderick was arrested last June and said she was worried about her own safety and that of her children.
"I'm afraid he will try to hurt me or [the] children, because these allegations have come out and he may lose his career," she stated.
"Stephen has prior military experience and is SWAT trained. If he wanted to hurt someone, he would know how."
The woman was identified by the New York Post as Broderick's estranged wife Amanda.
It added that she also filed for divorce after his arrest.
Court records show that Broderick spent 16 days in jail last summer after being charged with sexually assaulting a child.
According to an arrest affidavit seen by the Austin American-Statesman, the assault happened at a home in the town of Elgin.
The 16-year-old victim told her mother, who took her to an exam, the outlet reported.
Doctors then confirmed the abuse, the affidavit said.
Broderick was released on June 22 after posting $50,000 bail and was ordered not to go within 200ft of the child.
He was also fitted with a GPS tracking device.
The judge allowed the device to be removed in November, however, after Broderick's lawyer argued that he had not violated his condition over 142 days.
State District Judge Karen Sage agreed to remove the device, The Statesman reports, even after the woman said she feared for her family's safety with Broderick out of prison.
She left in place the no-contact and distancing stipulations.
"He had been on GPS for (five) months with no violations," Sage told the Statesman on Monday.
"It's a pretty common thing for me to do, frankly."
Her decision came after a previous allegation from Travis County prosecutors that Broderick had violated the terms of an emergency protective order in the child sexual assault case.
The Statesman reports that Broderick had allegedly emailed the woman involved in the case and accused her of a "cash grab."
Prosecutors alleged that he also attached images of her undressed and engaged in sexual acts in the email.
At the time, Sage had increased Broderick's bond to $75,000.
Broderick's bail conditions had also required him to hand over all firearms and not purchase any others.
Police described Sunday's shooting as a "domestic incident" as they waited to formally identify the victims.
They said that the victims were "known to this suspect."
It took place just before noon in an apartment complex in Austin.
When officers arrived at the scene, "they located three people who were injured and ultimately have been pronounced deceased."
"All three are adults, we have two Hispanic females and one Black male," Austin Police Department Chief Joseph Chacon said.
He said that a child related to the case is in police custody and safe.
A manhunt was launched as cops warned that Broderick could be "dangerous."
He was arrested without incident on Monday after cops allegedly received a 911 call about a man walking along a highway.
Broderick was a former detective with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, according to KEYE TV.
He resigned from his job as a detective with the sheriff’s office after his release.
The Travis County District Attorney's Office said in a statement on Sunday that Broderick was charged with first-degree felony sexual assault of a child in June last year.
On Sunday, the DA's office had added in a statement that they filed a motion to revoke the bond and are "actively supporting the Austin Police Department and law enforcement who are using all available resources to apprehend Mr. Broderick."
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