Granite Shoals man charged with attempted capital murder of peace officer

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A Granite Shoals police officer knocked on the door of a travel trailer at 9:13 a.m. April 10 after responding to a shots fired call then stepped to the side of the door to watch it. Moments later, a suspect inside fired a shot in the area where the officer had been standing when knocking on the door.

The 55-year-old suspect now faces a string of felony charges, including attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

Officers responded to the 2200 block of Washington Drive in Granite Shoals to a 9-1-1 call reporting harassment and someone firing a shot into the air. The first officer who arrived at the location attempted to make contact with the suspect who had gone inside the travel trailer.

After the shot came from inside the structure, the officer was moving to a safer location as the suspect, identified as Gregory Edward Beversdorf, came out brandishing a shotgun. The suspect, according to Granite Shoals police, fired at the officer, who was not struck or injured.

The suspect went back inside the travel trailer, according to GSPD.

The officer called for assistance, and multiple agencies responded. During this time, officials evacuated residents in neighboring homes to safer locations.

Negotiators were able to make contact with the suspect over the phone, and they worked to bring a safe end to the situation. According to GSPD, the suspect “broke off communication” with negotiators but then exited the travel trailer.

He was unarmed but would not comply with officers’ commands. Officers then used a taser on the suspect, according to GSPD, and he was immediately taken into custody.

A Marble Falls Area EMS crew evaluated the suspect at the scene, and, once they finished, officers transported the man to the Burnet County Jail.

Beversdorf is charged with first-degree attempted capital murder of a peace officer, first-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant, and third-degree deadly conduct. If convicted of the first-degree charges, he faces up to 99 years or life in prison.

GSPD Chief Gary Boshears thanked all the agencies that assisted in the incident. He also praised Granite Shoals residents “for following social media updates and being patient as this scene unfolded. The cooperation from the public and quick assistance of surrounding agencies allowed us to peacefully resolve a dangerous situation.”

This was an isolated incident, and there is no continuing danger to the public, according to GSPD officials.

Agencies assisting the Granite Shoals department were the Marble Falls Police Department, the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Horseshoe Bay Police Department, the 33rd/424th District Attorney’s Office, the Burnet County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the Granite Shoals Fire Department, and Marble Falls Area EMS.

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2 thoughts on “Granite Shoals man charged with attempted capital murder of peace officer

  1. “first-degree attempted capital murder of a peace officer” Interesting. I cannot find that offense in the Texas Penal Code.

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