AUSTIN (KXAN) – A grand jury will decide the fate of an Austin police officer who shot at a bartender nearly two years ago.
Gwen Daniels told her story Tuesday of how she hit several people walking on Sixth Street with her car as she escaped from a mob trying to attack her. An officer on patrol shot at Daniels trying to stop her.
What once was her favorite place to be is now Daniels’ biggest fear; the busy 6th Street.
“It’s very scary. Still to this day it gets me shook up,” Daniels said.
Tuesday, both Daniels and her attorney showed up to the Travis County courthouse, telling KXAN she was there to testify before a grand jury.
“I just hope that today we get some justice and we can get some safety on the streets because it’s scary. I still have friends and family here and I wouldn’t want it to happen to them,” Daniels said.
Daniels was shot at by an Austin Police officer back in 2012. The department says he feared for his safety in a crowd of people. Daniels had just left work at Coyote Ugly where she was a bartender.
Daniels was parked here on 6th Street near San Jacinto Boulevard when she says she was attacked by a group of people. Two years later she says she’s the victim and deserves some justice.
“She was simply on her way home when a drunk mob attacked her car and when she drove away she was fired upon four times by a police officer who gave her no warning,” her attorney, Skip Davis said.
But the department says the officer was defending himself. Investigators say Daniels hit three people that night before turning the car on the officer.
“I needed help…there was a mob of people attacking me,” Daniels said, “He didn’t come to my aid. He didn’t come help me.”
Daniels no longer lives in Austin; moving away because she says the men in uniform she trusted didn’t protect her.
KXAN has learned the officer, Robert Krummel, is back on regular duty since the incident.
Austin police policy limits when an officer can fire a gun to stop a moving vehicle.
According to APD’s policy manual, it can only happen if the officer reasonably believes that there is an imminent or potential risk of serious bodily injury or death to any other person if the subject is not immediately apprehended.
Also, APD’s policy prohibits firing a warning shot in any situation.