A Houston teenager is held without bond on three felony charges following a shooting incident Jan. 6 near Austin Lake.
Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. charged Daustin C. Luck, 18, of 17773 Brushy Creek Road, with first-degree assault (a class B felony), armed criminal action and resisting or interfering with a felony arrest.
Word of the ordeal began about 1:45 p.m. after the Mountain Grove Police Department reported a man and woman were at the police station and said several shots from a pistol were fired at them and their vehicle on Austin Lake Road, off of Highway MM.
Texas County Deputy Melissa Emerick traveled to the MGPD station and spoke with the pair, who both said they went to get the man’s vehicle at Dollar General and found that it had been vandalized –– with flat tires, broken windows and busted out taillights. The man told Emerick he found out that Luck had been the vandal, and contacted him.
Luck reportedly said he wanted to meet the man at Austin Lake, but when the pair went there, he wasn’t present. The man said that after waiting a while, they left, but came across Luck driving on Austin Lake Road.
The pair reportedly pulled over, and Luck pulled in behind them. The man told Emerick that when he got out of his vehicle and began walking toward Luck, the suspect got out of his vehicle and fired a pistol (that appeared to be a revolver) at him.
The man said he heard one bullet pass by his head and he ran back to his vehicle and quickly went to the MGPD station.
Emerick reported that while the man was being interviewed, he received a phone call from Luck, who threatened to blow his and his family’s heads off. The man then received a text from Luck indicating he wanted to meet up again.
The deputy told the man to agree to the meeting and get the location. Luck said he was at a storage unit facility on Lone Pine Road, and that information was shared with other officers.
Two deputies and a state patrol officer traveled to the location and Luck was apprehended. But when Luck was being placed in a patrol vehicle, he became combative twice.
As officers contained Luck, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper, placed leg restraints on him. But as Emerick began driving away, Luck kicked between the seats and struck the county officer’s right arm.
Luck was warned that he would be tased if he continued his behavior, and he relented and was taken to jail.
But upon arrival, he became combative with jail staff and was placed in a padded holding cell for safe keeping.