Police: Man pulled gun on family at their home on Christmas


by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 28 at 7:33 PM

AUSTIN -- It was quiet on Tronewood Drive on Friday evening, but on Christmas Day, that wasn't the case.

A couple and their toddler were cleaning their car and playing music outside their home. According to an arrest affidavit, around 3:25 p.m. Quentin Brittle, 55, drove by and tried to get the man to come over to his truck. When he didn't, Brittle went to him.

"He basically had a handgun in his hand, pointed it at them, and in an aggressive manner, told them to turn the music down. Of course the victim was in fear for his life," said Austin senior police officer Jermaine Kilgore.

Brittle went back to his truck, pulled in front of the driveway, turned off the ignition and started to get out again. The victim stopped him.

"He basically came up to the suspect's vehicle, pinned him against the car, reached in, grabbed the firearm or the weapon and secured it until officers were able to get to the scene," Kilgore said.

Officers said he also grabbed Brittle's keys, locking them and the gun in the trunk of his car.

The victim told police that he was in fear for his life, which is why he reached in and grabbed the gun. Still, officers said that was a dangerous move. 

"I guess his intentions, of course, were to make sure this guy was held accountable for what he did, and he didn't want him to leave the scene, but, of course, you put yourself in harm's way when you do things like that. You never know who you're dealing with. You never know how the situation's going to end," said Kilgore. 

It turns out the weapon was a BB gun made to look like a .22 semi automatic pistol.

Police said when they arrived on the scene, Brittle told officers he was drunk.

Because the victims didn't know it was a BB gun, Brittle is now charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. That is a second degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison.