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.”


Burnet shooting re-enactment airs on TV show

Linda Cowan

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A 2009 case in which a Burnet County woman allegedly influenced her son to shoot her romantic rival was re-enacted on the Investigation Discovery channel Saturday night.

The July 7 show “Fear Thy Neighbor” featured the Dec. 18, 2009, shooting of Burnet resident Christi Jo Jackson by Vinson Cowan, who was 19 at the time of the shooting. Cowan allegedly fired a single shot at Jackson from a .22-caliber rifle he held up to a window screen at her Deer Springs Drive home while Jackson was laying in bed with her two daughters at about 2 a.m.

The bullet struck a glancing blow to Jackson's head, causing an injury that was not fatal. She was transported to Seton Williamson County Medical Center in Round Rock, where she was treated and later released. Neither daughter was physically harmed in the attack.


Grand jury clears Austin detective in Burnet County shooting

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Austin police detective Jason Jewett was praised Wednesday for his role in stopping a road rage incident last November near Marble Falls.

A Burnet County grand jury on Tuesday determined Jewett, who works in the APD's Organized Crime Division, acted lawfully and properly when he shot and injured the suspect, 45-year-old David L. Meyer of Rockford, Illinois, while attempting to stop Meyer from shooting at a vehicle containing a family of three at about 10 p.m. Nov. 30 in the 1200 block of RM 1431, west of RM 1174 and about eight miles east of Marble Falls.

Meanwhile, the grand jury indicted Meyer Tuesday on a first-degree charge of aggravated assault against a public servant and five second-degree charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for his actions last year.

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