Man at Capitol protest allegedly pointed loaded gun at officers

AUSTIN - A man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly pointed a loaded gun at police officers during a protest near the Texas State Capitol, officials said.

The suspect, later identified as Robert Patrick Hewitt, 29, allegedly advanced gun-in-hand toward two officers who were making an arrest. According to the affidavit, Hewitt pointed the loaded handgun at the officers and could have easily struck one of them. When an officer made contact with Hewitt he allegedly tried to holster his weapon. 

The Austin Police Department said that police and Department of Public Safety officials were on Capitol grounds Saturday as opposing groups marched. The APD said it made one arrest while the DPS ended up arresting four people.

A Facebook event entitled "No Sanctuary Cities" described as a protest was scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. Additionally, a video posted Saturday from the New Republic of Texas Facebook page at 12:33 p.m. portrayed counter protesters in attendance.

Hewitt has been charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony. He is being held on a $40,000 bond at Travis County Jail.

According to a report from KVUE's news partners at the Austin American-Statesman, the DPS arrests included: Quintin Hatt, 27, charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer; Nolan Eberly, 27, charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant; Timothy Shirley, 22, charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant; and Aaron Brian, 28, charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer.

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