Suspect in custody, gun still missing after Liberty Hill shooting

Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — One suspect is in custody after deputies from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in the Santa Rita Ranch neighborhood at the 9700 block of State Highway 29.

The neighborhood, which is between U.S. Highway 183 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, went on lockdown shortly after the Sheriff Robert Chody tweeted that a shooting happened and advised residents to stay indoors.

The suspect, Kevin Lee Meeks, allegedly shot at a couple outside their home. The victims — who claim not to know who the man is — said the man opened fire after he and his wife asked the man what he was doing in their driveway. According to the sheriff, the man told the couple he didn’t want to be bothered. 

Meeks then reportedly fired a .22 pistol at the victim. No one was hurt during the shooting. 

The sheriff said the man ran and hid in a home that he reportedly broke into. Tips from neighbors led law enforcement to the house. 

Meeks has been taken into custody, and the situation no longer poses a threat to residents. 

The weapon, however, has yet to be found, and the sheriff advised parents to speak to their children about safety.

“We do not want a child to find this weapon and cause harm to themselves,” Chody said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “We even told the suspect we would charge him with murder if something happened. He is not willing to share any information about this weapon.”

@KVUE⁩ ⁦@KXAN_News⁩ ⁦@SpecNewsATX⁩ ⁦@fox7austin⁩ ⁦@cbsaustinpic.twitter.com/lDrR9rdIzQ— Williamson County Sheriff Chody (@SheriffChody) March 26, 2019

In a tweet Wednesday morning, Chody said Williamson County deputies returned to the Santa Rita Ranch neighborhood to track down the missing weapon, but in a follow-up tweet said they hadn’t found it.

The sheriff also thanked Liberty Hill Independent School District for locking down schools during the time of the shooting. He, however, reiterated for parents to be vigilant and discuss the possibility of coming across a gun with their children. 

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