BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The man whose family was attacked in what police are calling a road rage incident east of Marble Falls Thursday night says he, his wife and their son are lucky to be alive.
Johnny Henderson of Cottonwood Shores says his family was driving down Farm to Market 1431 about 8 miles east of Marble Falls on Thursday when they came across a couple of cars going suspiciously slow. Henderson says one took off, then the other tailgated his family’s SUV, eventually ramming into them, causing them to lose control.
Henderson says at about that time, an off-duty Austin Police Department officer, identified as Jason Jewett, pulled up and asked if everything was alright. Henderson says before he knew it, the man who’d run his family off of the road had pulled a gun and began shooting at his wife and son.
“He just pointed a gun right at us and we just heard it click twice,” Henderson’s wife, Genice, said. “I mean, he tried to murder us,” her husband added.
Henderson says as his wife and son ran to hide in some brush, the off-duty officer was able to shoot at the suspect. Henderson says the suspect fell to the ground, but was still reaching for his gun. Henderson says he jumped into action, attacking the suspect himself. Henderson’s hand was broken from punching the suspect unconscious and knocking the gun out of his hand.
“He tried to murder us.”
“I jumped on him and only thing on my mind was getting the gun out of his hand so I pounded, I just punched and punched and punched,” Johnny said.
The suspect was taken to the hospital. Deputies say he did not have life threatening injuries.
“I’m glad to be alive I know God was watching over us but I am so scared to go anywhere to do anything,” said Genice, who is still hoarse from screaming during the attack.
Austin police say Jewett is a detective and has been with the agency for 19-and-a-half years. Jewett is assigned to APD’s Organized Crime Unit. He has been placed on administrative duty as the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety investigate the shooting. However, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley praised the police veteran Friday, saying, “From what I understand the facts to be, our detective saved lives last night.
“Thank you so much and God bless you, if it wasn’t for you we might not be here,” Johnny said of Jewett.
The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office says it has not charged the suspect yet. The suspect’s name will be released once any charges are made.