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Burnet County road rage case suspect arrested on assault with deadly weapon charges

David L. Meyer, 45, of Rockford, Illinois.

David L. Meyer, 45, of Rockford, Illinois.


BURNET — An Illinois man will face five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an alleged November road rage incident on RR 1431, during which the suspect reportedly threatened a family and  exchanged gunfire with an off-duty Austin police officer, officials said.

David L. Meyer, 45, of Rockford, Illinois, was booked into the Burnet County Jail on Jan. 17 with bonds totaling $500,000 — $100,000 for each count.

Meyer was initially arrested by the Austin Police Department and booked into the Travis County Jail on Jan. 16 before being transported to the Burnet County facility.

According to a BCSO report, the reported road rage incident happened just after 10 p.m. Nov. 30 on RR 1431 near Smithwick and involved the suspect and a family of three in another vehicle.

The off-duty Austin police officer, who was returning home from Austin, came upon the scene and exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who initially might have targeted the family, which had escaped into the nearby brush.

The incident happened in the 1200 block of RR 1431 about 10 miles east of Marble Falls.

The suspect suffered gunshot and head wounds and was transported to and remained in an Austin-area hospital until his recovery, prior to his arrest.

Authorities said the case has been referred to the 33rd/424th District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.