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Austin officer shot man in Burnet County road rage incident

December 2nd, 2017 - Comments »

AUSTIN, Texas – An off-duty Austin police detective reportedly shot and wounded a man who allegedly pointed a handgun at a family during a road rage incident near Marble Falls on Thursday night.

Johnny Henderson, of Cottonwood Shores, said he and his family are shaken but unhurt following the attack, which ended after an off-duty officer shot the gunman and he jumped him.

Henderson reportedly disarmed and beat the man unconscious. He reportedly broke his hand in the ordeal.

Austin interim Police Chief Brian Manley said the officer apparently “saved lives” when he intervened and drew his firearm.

Manley said the officer, a 19-year-veteran of the department, was driving home in the 12200 block of RM 1431 when he came upon a 55-year-old man pointing a handgun at an SUV with the family.

The Burnet County sheriff’s office said the detective exchanged gunfire with the man and hit him twice.

The wounded man was flown to Dell Seton Medical Center after the shooting. The sheriff’s office said he was unconscious when he was taken from the scene, but was listed in stable condition Friday.

The sheriff’s office refused to say Saturday whether the suspect had been arrested.

Meanwhile, Manley said the case highlights the fact that law enforcement officers, even when off-duty, are still called upon to do their jobs and protect the public.

“That’s why you always have to be aware, you have to pay attention, and you have to be prepared to take action,” Manley said. “Had he not been on that stretch of roadway at that time, there’s really no telling what would have happened.”

“I think our officers are always restrained in their use of force, and trying to use force only in those instances where they are trying to overcome resistance,” Manley said.

Austin police will conduct an administrative investigation into the shooting, but the incident will be handled by the Burnet County sheriff’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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