Burnet Police Department


Fallen Police Officer Meza, Burnet PD Chief Nelson honored by chamber

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, left, receives the Thomas C. Ferguson Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Wade Langley at the Chamber of Commerce banquet on Feb. 8.




By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A packed room cheered heartily when Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson was named the Thomas C. Ferguson Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, Feb. 8, but the biggest ovation of the night came for one of his officers, who died in the line of duty last year.

BPD K-9 handler Jose Humberto Meza, who died of a heart attack after a training session on Dec. 20, 2019, was named the recipient of the Wallace Riddell Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. His widow, Cristina, was present to accept the award on his behalf from Ann Riddell and Vonnie Fox.


Community mourns loss of Burnet PD officer

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
A Burnet PD officer died Friday, Dec. 20, after an apparent heart attack. Area authorities escorted K9 handler Jose Meza from Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin. On Dec. 23, as seen above on U.S. 281 in Burnet, hundreds of first responders from across the state also participated in a procession from a Marble Falls church to Post Mountain Cemetery for a service with full honors.







By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet Police Department lost a member of its law enforcement family – BPD K9 handler and heart attack victim Jose Humberto Meza – and honored the life on Dec. 23 en masse to offer comfort and solace to one another and his loved ones.

“What a great husband to his wife and a daddy to his beautiful little daughter," said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson the day of his death. “Officer Meza [was] just an outstanding young man, a great officer.”


Burnet officer in fatal shooting “let go” for policy violation

UPDATE: Russell Butler turned himself in to the Llano County Jail Wednesday, April 24 on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on bonds totalling $200,000. According to Burnet County District Clerk documents, he was indicted on the charges April 23 by a grand jury.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An officer involved in a fatal motorist shooting no longer works for the Burnet Police Department as of April 23, according to an agency spokesman.

On March 27 former Patrol Sergeant Russell Butler, responding to an overnight noise complaint call, shot and killed 25-year-old Brandon Michael Jacque of Bertram, while he was in his vehicle in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Butler was treated and released from the Burnet's Seton Highland Lakes emergency room for a foot injury he said he sustained when the vehicle attempted to leave the scene.


Rangers review body cam footage in Jacque shooting

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Texas Rangers are reviewing body camera footage to piece together clues about an officer-involved shooting which resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Bertram man, behind the wheel of a car at a noise complaint call.

Brandon Michael Jacque, a 25-year-old father of one, died Wednesday, March 27, after being shot by three-year Burnet Police Sgt. Russell Butler.

According to the report, the incident unfolded around 1:35 a.m. that morning in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said the investigation is being handled by the Texas Rangers in cooperation with the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

“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.


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.


Burnet County sheriff's deputy pursuit locks down school, launches fugitive search

Authorities captured two pursuit suspects Nov. 17 who fled the scene after a cash in a pasture adjacent to Burnet High School.




By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two Fort Worth area suspects remained in custody Nov. 19 in connection with a Burnet County Sheriff's Office pursuit, which locked down an elementary school, stalled a community event and ended with the suspects vehicle crash, a fugitive search and attempted escape.

The incident unfolded just after 8 a.m. Nov. 17 on U.S. 281, north of Burnet in the area of County Road 112.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies engaged a dark-colored BMW Mini Cooper in a high-speed pursuit with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit eventually entered The Green Mile, the main roadway, with limited outlet, onto the grounds of Burnet High School.


Burnet traffic stop nets mushroom, LSD and marijuana

KUSO, the Burnet Police Department K9 drug dog, uncovered raw hallucinogenic mushrooms among several other suspected illicit drugs during an Oct. 4 traffic stop on East Polk Street in Burnet.




By Connie Swinney •
Staff Writer •

Authorities seized a variety of illicit narcotics, including hallucinogenic mushroom and LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), after the Burnet Police Department K9 drug dog alerted on four individuals during a traffic stop on Texas 29 within the city limits, according to the report.

Four suspects were eventually arrested the afternoon of Oct. 4, following a “reckless driver” call on East Polk Street (Texas 29).

Investigators questioned the occupants of the vehicle, smelled marijuana and dispatched KUSO the drug dog, the report stated.

The dog “alerted” on the vehicle, which resulted in a probable cause search warrant, where subsequently officers found mushrooms and LSD among several other drugs which were turned into DPS for testing.

The suspects told police they were traveling from the Austin area to the Inks Lake area in Burnet County.


Burnet PD invites the public to National Night Out Oct. 2 at Wallace Riddell Park

Burnet Police Department is hosting its annual National Night Out event from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Wallace Riddell Park. Llano County Sheriff's Office is hosting its inaugural National Night Out the same night at the Kingsland Community Center from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.





From staff reports •

Burnet Police Department officials have invited the public to the agency's National Night Out event to promote public safety and introduce first responders to the community in a casual setting.

The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight (Oct. 2) at the Wallace Riddell Park Pavilion, adjacent to the Burnet Police Department. The event will include hot dogs, giveaways and DJ music.

The national event encourages local residents to turn on their porch lights, go to local venues and meet-and-greet local law enforcement, fire department personnel and emergency services first responders.

Also, the Llano County Sheriff's Office is hosting its inaugural National Night Out event

The community can attend from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tonight (Oct. 2) at the Kingsland Community Center, 3451 Rose Hill Dr.


BPD cruiser, BCISD trailer crash on US 281; Authorities blame rain-slicked roadways, runoff flooding

Frank Shubert and contributed
Crews worked back-to-back crashes Sept. 7 after a Burnet CISD band equipment trailer collided with a passenger vehicle (pictured above) on U.S. 281 near the Park Road 4 intersection. A second accident occurred shortly after when a Burnet Police Department patrol unit responding to the scene of the first crash, hydroplaned off U.S. 281 and struck a tree.






By Connie Swinney

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

As weekend thunderstorms swept through the Highland Lakes, a rain-slicked roadway contributed to several crashes Sept. 7 including a Burnet police officer patrol unit responding to another collision involving a Burnet Consolidated Independent School District band equipment trailer.

The accident involving the BCISD band trailer and a second vehicle occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 on U.S. 281 just north of the PR 4 intersection.

The BCISD vehicle towing an equipment trailer en route to a football game in Marble Falls (See story, P. 6), collided with a passenger car in the 6500 block of South U.S. 281, according to the Burnet County Sheriff's Office report.

A Burnet Police Department vehicle, responding to assist crews at that wreck, then crashed on U.S. 281 about a half-mile north of PR 4 in the vicinity of the first crash.


Burnet shows support for injured officer Imrie

Amy Prayer/Burnet Bulletin

Carleigh Imrie presented her dad Matt Imrie with a $1,000 check from the City of Burnet during a Saturday, Jan. 28, benefit for him at Haley Nelson Park.

By Amy Prayer

Burnet Bulletin

Burnet residents rallied Saturday night, Jan. 28, in support of Burnet Officer Matt Imrie, with a benefit concert.

The community came together for one purpose: to support their fellow member of the Burnet community.

Imrie, who was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while off duty Tuesday, Jan. 10, sustained a badly broken femur bone, which required surgery. Imrie remained in intensive care until Sunday, Jan. 14.

“He has since been moved out of ICU and is receiving the best of care in a rehabilitation center located in Round Rock” said Jenniifer Watlers, Imrie's mother.

Imrie was released from the rehabilitation center to enjoy the benefit concert at Haley Nelson Park and spoke with many of the community members who expressed their love and support for Imrie during his recovery.

“Thank you all, this means so much to me,” said Imrie, to the attending crowd.


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