AUSTIN (KXAN) - A North Austin man was shocked to find himself being shot at Friday afternoon by a neighbor he'd never met.
Tim Dooley, 38, was working in his yard when his 44-year-old neighbor, Jamarl Tyler, opened fire on him. The incident ended with three Austin police officers shooting at and injuring Tyler.
On Monday, Dooley was walking with a limp and had his calf wrapped up.
"It is painful, but I can manage that," Dooley said. "Ibuprofen takes care of that for the most part."
What's difficult is understanding why this happened.
"I'd just actually dug the holes for the base of a shed, and I was going to pour some cement in," he said. "I heard three or four gunshots. I thought they were fireworks at the time; really scared the heck out of me."
Dooley says he looked up to see his neighbor pointing a rifle at him.
"I yelled at him. I said, 'What the heck are you doing?'
"I looked down about that same time and saw all the blood on my shoe and realized I'd been shot. I then high-tailed it and just got out of there as quick as I could."
The arrest affidavit said Tyler's wife tried to get the rifle from him, but was unsuccessful. Police found Tyler outside in front of his home. They say he pointed the gun at officers, and that's when they shot him.
Tyler's wife told police from time to time he suffered from depression and paranoia.
With bullet holes in his fence and the leg wound to remind him, Dooley isn't sure why his neighbor targeted him.
"I have never met him before. Never even seen him before," Dooley said. "The good news is...chances are it's never going to happen again."
Tyler was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of aggravated assault on a public servant.
He spent the weekend at University Medical Center Brackenridge recovering after police shot him in the chest. Tyler was then booked into the Travis County Correctional Complex.
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