Texas attorney found dead after being shot by bar patrons in alleged attempt by ex-girlfriend

A Texas attorney caught on video allegedly pulling a gun and attempting to shoot a former girlfriend at the bar where she worked before being attacked by two well-wishers was found dead Thursday, days after he had been released on bail.

The Austin Police Department told Fox News Digital that officers found Gavin Rush dead around 4:25 p.m. after receiving a request to perform a social check. A police spokesman did not say how Rush died.

“The death is not considered suspicious and the investigation is ongoing,” the department said.

Rush, 41, was arrested on November 26 after storming into Austin’s Anderson Mill pub with a gun to confront the woman who worked behind the bar after a split, according to court records.

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Attorney Gavin Rush points a gun at his ex-girlfriend, who works at a bar in Austin, Texas, before attacking two patrons.
(Counselor Mackenzie Kelly)

He placed a small leather bag on the table and asked if he could speak to her, police said.

“So you’re just not going to talk to me,” he asked her, according to court documents.

When she replied “no,” Rush allegedly pulled a pistol with an attached laser sight from her pocket and pointed it at her chest.

Security video of the incident shows two guests, who were familiar with the couple and their breakup, lunging at Rush and throwing him to the ground. During the fight, Rush placed the gun under his chin and attempted to shoot himself, a police affidavit said.

One of the guests said he managed to keep Rush’s finger off the trigger, police said. Rush fired at least three shots, but no one was injured. One of the bullets hit a mirror in which his ex-girlfriend was standing, police said.

The two patrons held him until authorities arrived. The woman told investigators her relationship with Rush ended more than a month before the incident.

Gavin Rush, 41, is said to have tried to shoot an ex-girlfriend in a bar last week, police said.

Gavin Rush, 41, is said to have tried to shoot an ex-girlfriend in a bar last week, police said.
(Austin Police Department)

Rush had tried to rekindle the relationship, but she says she’s trying to move on with someone new, authorities said. After texting each other for several days, the woman stopped replying to Rush and told investigators there was nothing more to say on the matter.

She responded to a text message and said she was at work and could not be disturbed, police said. Fox News Digital has reached out to the Austin Police Department, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office and the district attorney’s office.

Rush was released on a $40,000 bond but had to deposit a 10 percent fraction of that, or just $4,000, Fox Austin reported.

Mackenzie Kelly, member of the Austin City CouncilA former Austin volunteer firefighter and outspoken advocate for public safety in Austin, told Fox News Digital, “Public safety remains my top priority as I continue to actively work to protect the city of Austin and the residents of District 6.

“My fellow councilors and I will continue to work on a path forward that will allow the entire city to live and work safely.” The bar where the incident occurred is in Kelly’s precinct.

“This particular case appears to be one where the courts have failed this victim,” Thomas Villareal, head of the Austin Police Association, told the news outlet.

The Anderson Mill Pub in Austin, Texas, where attorney Gavin Rush allegedly tried to shoot his former girlfriend.

The Anderson Mill Pub in Austin, Texas, where attorney Gavin Rush allegedly tried to shoot his former girlfriend.
(Fox News Digital)

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Rush was apparently fired from the law firm that employed him after his arrest.

“Gavin Rush no longer works for the company,” the company told the news channel. “We do not tolerate hate or violence of any kind. Our thoughts are with the victims who experienced significant trauma that day.”

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