FROM STAFF REPORTS
BURNET — The Burnet County Grand Jury indicted an Illinois man for his actions during a November 2017 “road rage” incident during which he allegedly shot at an off-duty Austin police officer as well as threatened a family of three with a gun after a two-vehicle collision on RR 1431 near Smithwick.
The grand jury handed down the indictment against 55-year-old David Meyer of Rockford, Illinois, on Feb. 6. The grand jury indicted Meyer on one count of first-degree aggravated assault against a public servant and five counts of second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The indictments stem from a Nov. 30, 2107, “road rage” incident when, at about 10 p.m., a vehicle Meyer was driving allegedly rear-ended a vehicle occupied by three members of a Cottonwood Shores family. Meyer then, according to the grand jury indictment, threatened two of the family members with a firearm and shot at one of them.
Off-duty Austin police officer Jason Jewett, who was on his way home, came upon the scene just west of the RR 1431 and FM 1174 intersection. According to Burnet County Sheriff’s Office investigators, the suspect exchanged gunfire with the officer. Meyer sustained at least two gunfire wounds during the exchange.
On Feb. 6, the grand jury declined to pursue any charges or indictments against the officer for shooting Meyer. The indictment against Meyer stated that the officer “was then and there lawfully discharging an official duty, namely, attempting to stop or prevent a crime.”
After the shooting, Meyer was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, where he remained until he was initially arrested by the Austin Police Department on Jan. 16 before being transported to the Burnet County Jail the following day, where he currently remains.
If convicted, Meyer faces up to 99 years in prison for the first-degree aggravated assault against a public servant charge and up to 20 years on each of the second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges.