An East Texas man shot by a Bowie County Sheriff's deputy Tuesday is out of the hospital and behind bars, accused of attacking his mother with a knife and threatening to cut his 6-year-old cousin.
20-year-old David Quest Snyder II is charged with aggravated assault for the alleged attack on his mother. He is facing additional charges of aggravated assault for threatening the child and aggravated assault on a peace officer in connection with the incident.
It happened Tuesday afternoon, as the off-duty deputy was driving through the 500 block of South Red River Rod in Redwater. He says the young child flagged him down for help. The deputy, whose name has not been released, got out of the car and discovered a woman had been assaulted by a man with a knife.
"He had pulled a knife on her prior to the deputy's arrival and had cut her on the arm and also chased a six year old cousin with a knife in his hand threatening to kill her," says Bowie County Capt. Jerl Palmore.
That man, later identified as Snyder, was reportedly threatening to go after the child next when the deputy intervened. That's when Snyder allegedly came at the deputy with the knife.
Capt. Palmore says the deputy ordered Snyder to drop the knife, "and the subject said you are going to have to ill me and kept going."
After warning Snyder to drop the knife, the deputy fired into the ground as a warning. When Snyder still refused to drop the weapon, the deputy shot him once in the pelvic area to bring him down.
"By all accounts from every witness and not just himself. He took action that he had to take and was left with no choice in order to save his life," says Capt. Palmore.
Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.
It's not the first time Snyder has been accused of threatening law enforcement and telling them to shoot him.
Snyder was previously arrested in June 2012 for attempting to take a weapon from another Bowie County Deputy, who was answering a call about a purse snatching from a woman who had given him a ride along Hwy 67.
In that incident, a good samaritan saw Snyder and the deputy scuffling on the side of the road and jumped in to help the deputy. Danny Davis was credited with keeping Snyder from getting away. His wife could be heard on the 911 call telling dispatchers that the man attacking the deputy was "hollering 'Shoot me in the head right now!'"
Snyder served jail time for that incident. He remains at the Bi-State Jail on the latest charges.
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