Burnet County shooting victim fighting for life



By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

The Highlander

A Burnet County man is fighting for his life after being shot by a suspect in a personal property dispute at his residence in a remote area of the county, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office.

The 911 call came into dispatch about 2:20 p.m. Dec. 22 regarding a shooting at a dwelling in the 5000 block of West 29 outside Burnet (toward Buchanan), the report stated.

Investigators reported that Charles Lawrence Farrell, 62, of Burnet County shot a nearby resident, a 45-year-old man, who confronted him at his property.

“Mr. Ferrell was on his porch, and our victim showed up. An argument ensued,” BCSO Capt. Tom Dillard said. “The suspect stated that the victim was advancing on him, and he was in fear for his life.

“He fired his pistol a number of times.”

The ammunition, referred to as “rat shot,” in the small caliber revolver is comprised of small pellets typically used to shoot vermin at close range.

The shooting victim was struck at least once on the top of the head, the report stated.

An EMS crew transported the victim by ambulance to Seton Williamson County.

“He underwent surgery and was admitted into the ICU where he remains,” Dillard said. “He's non-responsive. His condition has not improved.”

Ferrell was taken to Burnet County Jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was released Dec. 23 on a $25,000 surety bond.

“The investigation is on-going,” Dillard said. “We'll be turning this over to the district attorney's office.”

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