MARBLE FALLS, Texas – Austin police have identified the off-duty detective who shot and injured a road rage suspect near Marble Falls Nov. 30.
The sheriff’s office said the Austin Police Department detective – identified the Austin Police Department as Jason Jewett, a 19-year detective of the department – called 911 around 10:15 p.m. Nov. 30 to report he came upon a road rage incident while on the way home. The suspect, described by APD Interim Chief Brian Manley as a 55-year-old white man, was firing on a vehicle with a family of three inside around eight miles east of Marble Falls. The off-duty detective exited his vehicle and shot the suspect twice. The suspect was flown to Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, and both the sheriff’s office and APD said his injuries are not considered to be life threatening.
While gunfire was exchanged, the family of three escaped into a nearby brush, the Burnet County Sheriff's Office said.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect rammed the family’s SUV and forced them off the road. No one in the family was injured, Burnet County Sheriff's Office said.
The Texas Rangers are assisting the Burnet County Sheriff's Office in the investigation. Per APD policy, the detective has been placed on administrative duty while Internal Affairs and the Office of the Police Monitor investigate.
FM 1431 was closed for several hours between FM 1174 and Smithwick, but reopened as of 5 a.m. Friday.
Manley called Jewett a hero.
"As a police officer, even when you’re off duty, you may be on duty," Manley said, detailing the importance of always paying attention and being prepared. "Our detective saved lives last night based on the actions he took. Had he not been on that stretch of roadway at that time, there’s really no telling what would’ve happened, because the act of aggression he came across may have resulted in loss of life.”
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday echoed the chief's remarks, saying the detective deserves to be honored with a medal of valor.