A police spokesperson didn't say how Rush died, the cable outlet reported — but the department noted that the "death is not considered suspicious" and that law enforcement will continue investigating.
What's the background?
Rush, 41, entered the Anderson Mill Pub after 11:30 a.m. Saturday to confront his ex-girlfriend as she worked her shift, KEYE-TV reported, citing an arrest affidavit.
Their three-year relationship ended about a month and a half before, KTBC-TV reported, adding that when she rejected his request to get back together, police said he sent several texts threatening to harm her and her new partner.
Police added that when she stopped answering Rush's texts — though informing him she was at work — he took a trip to the pub, KTBC said.
When she refused to talk to him, Rush pulled out a gun and pointed it at her — and a red dot from a laser sight was centered on her chest, KEYE said, citing the police affidavit.
KTBC said he fired a shot that narrowly missed her. The police affidavit indicates that one of the shots hit a bar mirror directly behind where Rush’s ex-girlfriend was standing, KEYE reported.
Two customers who knew the backstory tackled Rush and wrestled the firearm away, KTBC said, adding that he continued to shoot the gun during the struggle and tried to kill himself.
"It's hard to tell your story. In her case, it did work out that she was able to find some trusted people who did end up potentially saving her life," Nikhita Ved, vice president of community services at the SAFE Alliance, told KTBC.
Austin Councilmember Mackenzie Kelly posted surveillance video of the incident:
Rush was facing a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon involving family violence, KEYE said, adding that the bond was set at $40,000, which typically means the suspect pays 10% — in this case, $4,000. Rush bonded out of jail, KTBC said. According to KEYE the bonding out happened within 48 hours.
The judge did grant the ex-girlfriend an emergency protection order, KEYE said.