APD officer cleared in Burnet County roadside shooting


A Burnet County grand jury declined Tuesday to take action against an Austin police officer whose actions officials say likely saved a family of three from harm following a road rage incident in late November.

District Attorney Sonny McAfee said that based on his review, Officer Jason Jewett’s actions were “lawful and justified.”

“It was tremendous that Officer Jewett happened along when he did,” McAfee said. “His actions were extremely helpful.”

Police say a 55-year-old man was shooting at a vehicle with a family of three inside along FM 1431, about eight miles east of Marble Falls.

READ: Burnet man on roadside shooting: ‘He opened fire on my wife and son’

That’s when Officer Jewett arrived on the scene and shot the suspect twice to stop him. That man was injured and arrested on aggravated assault charges, which are still pending, McAfee said.

It’s still unclear what specifically made the man start shooting.

An Austin police internal affairs investigation is still ongoing, but it is expected to be completed soon.



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