Burnet police officer on leave after shooting driver

From staff reports

A man has died after being shot by a Burnet police officer, responding to a noise complaint call, officials said.

The incident was called into dispatchers 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the 300 block of South McNeil Street in Burnet.

In a press conference later that morning, Burnet Police Chief released details of the investigation, which is being handled by the Texas Rangers in cooperation with the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Nelson said the officer, whose identity is pending, responded to the scene around 1:40 a.m. “in reference to a loud music call.”

“They approached a red car. At that time, the red car, the driver started backing up. The officer was giving verbal commands to stop,” he said. “The officer started retreating. At which time, the vehicle came forward towards the officer.

“At that time the officer's left foot was run over by the vehicle,” he added. “The officer then shot his weapon, striking the driver of the vehicle.”

Identification of the driver is pending notification of next of kin.

Nelson said the officer attempted to revive the victim.

“He called for EMS and started medical procedures on that suspect to help save his life, but at this time we're informed that the subject is deceased in the vehicle,” he said.

A female passenger, who was questioned and released, was not injured.

Nelson said the officer suffered an injury to his left foot. He was treated and released at Seton Highland Lakes.

The officer, who has been with the police department for three years, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

“At this time we're trying to view the body camera that was on the officer to review step by step what was going on,” Nelson said. “That's what the Rangers will be doing in the investigation.”

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