STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY
SMITHWICK — An armed man shot by an off-duty Austin police officer is recovering from at least two gunshots wounds following an alleged “road rage” incident in Burnet County.
As of Dec. 4, the 55-year-old suspect remained at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin awaiting questioning by investigators.
According to the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office report, two cars traveling west on RR 1431 on Nov. 30 collided at about 10 p.m. about a half-mile west of the FM 1174 intersection.
Investigators said the armed man’s vehicle left the roadway after rear-ending a second car, occupied by a Cottonwood Shores family of three.
The report stated that the driver of the ditched vehicle stepped out of the car brandishing a handgun and “pointed it at the other vehicle.”
“When (the family) stopped, they saw the gun and they fled,” Burnet County Sheriff Calvin Boyd said.
At about the same time, an unidentified off-duty Austin Police Department officer traveling westbound to his residence in Burnet County noticed the man with the firearm and stopped.
“He witnessed that the man had a gun,” Boyd said. “They did exchange gunfire.”
The suspect fled. Peace officers eventually found him unconscious in the brush, and an emergency crew airlifted him to an Austin emergency room.
Medical staff reported him in stable condition the following morning.
“We just need to interview the suspect,” said Boyd of the man, who was hospitalized with non-life-threatening wounds.
“There will be charges,” the sheriff added.
BCSO is investigating with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.