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AUSTIN EDITION Target proves a poor choice

From staff reports

An Austin man who fired a 9 mm pistol at a stop sign just outside the city early Sunday apparently didn't know that a Mower County sheriff's patrol car was in the line of fire.

The sheriff's department, aided by Austin police, arrested and jailed four Austin men following the incident. The alleged shooter will be charged with drive-by shooting, reckless discharge of a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

According to the sheriff's report, the patrol car was parked off the road at Mower County Roads 28 and 29 when the deputy observed a vehicle approaching with its lights off. As he watched it, he heard shots and saw muzzle flashes from a gun pointed in his direction. The deputy also heard something hitting nearby trees.

The deputy radioed for help and pursued the vehicle, a white Chevrolet Blazer, for about two blocks before pulling it over.

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A gun, a black 9 mm semiautomatic pistol, was found among the trees later with the help of a metal detector.

Detective Mark May had a stop sign, with two bullet holes in it, in his office this morning.

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