Officer Involved Shooting
On September 10, 2012 at approximately 8:20 pm, deputies with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office were investigating a single vehicle accident in which the driver of the vehicle had left the scene. The accident occurred at the intersection of Greystone and Crafts Prairie Road. Deputies went to the residence of the registered owner of the vehicle, located at 104 Swan Court in Bastrop, which is located in the Colo Vista neighborhood. After knocking on the door, the owner of the vehicle and occupant of the residence, Thomas Carl Brown, 49, was observed by deputies coming to the front door with a handgun in hand. When Brown opened the door, deputies repeatedly yelled for him to put the weapon down. Brown failed to comply with the instructions and pointed the gun at one of the deputies. That deputy fired one round striking the subject in the left arm. After a physical struggle, Brown was restrained and first aid applied.
The subject was subsequently transported by helicopter to UMC Brackenridge in Austin where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Upon release from the hospital, Brown was transported to Bastrop County Jail where he was booked and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant. This is a first degree felony offense which may be punishable by imprisonment for life or any term of not more than 99 years or less than 5 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Brown’s arrest record shows Resisting Arrest in 2000, and two cases of Driving While Intoxicated, once in 2005 and again 2009.
The incident is under investigation by the Texas Rangers. The involved deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, as a matter of routine. The identity of the deputies involved is not available for release at this time.