Editor’s Note: Following the original publication of this story in April 2016, KXAN received information from the Williamson County Courthose indicating the criminal case against Shane Myers’ was dismissed Oct. 26, 2016 in exchange for his peace officer license.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Internal documents released Thursday show Round Rock police reprimanded Officer Shane Myers years before he was charged with assault for allegedly choking his wife on April 15.
According to an arrest affidavit, the altercation stemmed from an argument about Myers’ wife having contact with her ex-spouse via Facebook. When Myers came home, his wife told police he took her electronics out of her purse and broke them over his knee. His wife told police he then choked her to the point she lost consciousness.
Myers called his own police department to say he was involved in a disturbance in the 900 block of Hesters Crossing Road. He was charged with assault by strangulation/family violence.
Documents from 2010 show the department knew Officer Myers had shown violent behavior around his ex-wife. At the time, Round Rock police reprimanded him for unbecoming conduct, including punching holes in walls, tearing apart furniture and damaging doors while in an argument with his ex-wife.
A Williamson County grand jury decided not to indict him for assault.
The report says a major part of that decision came down to his ex-wife, who wouldn’t give a written statement on allegations he beat her.
It was enough for the Round Rock Police Department to write in the reprimand that his “actions and decisions brought discredit” to him and the department.
This wasn’t the only time Round Rock Police investigated Officer Myers.
KXAN also obtained documents showing he was investigated for unbecoming conduct twice in 2013; once for a sexual assault allegation, another for a child abuse allegation.
He was exonerated in both cases with Round Rock police and a grand jury clearing him of criminal charges.
The department declined a request for an interview Thursday afternoon. A spokesperson says they can’t comment on Officer Myers while they’re investigating him for these latest charges. He is on paid administrative leave.
Myers has been with the department since 2005.