GATESVILLE — Coryell County Sheriff Johnny Burks praised the “good, dedicated law enforcement” officers who were shot at “with high-powered rifles and shotguns” while making an arrest last weekend.

“I am very proud how they handled themselves,” Burks told the county commissioners court.

Sheriff’s deputies were joined by state troopers, Texas Rangers and state game wardens during an overnight standoff Friday and Saturday as deputies tried to arrest David Ray Sneed on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a domestic violence case. The standoff was at Sneed’s home on County Road 148.

Officers were fired at during the standoff, but were able to arrest Sneed without incident on Saturday. Sneed is also charged with aggravated assault against a public servant.

Reserve deputy constable named

The commissioners cleared the way for the appointment of Guy Beveridge as reserve deputy constable to help with the workload in Precinct 1 following the Jan. 26 death of Constable Roger Faught.

Beveridge was appointed to the reserve post by Precinct 2 Constable Shawn Camp, but will help in Precinct 1 until the commissioners can appoint someone to serve in the position until a special election can be held in November 2014.

Whoever wins the special election will serve the remainder of Faught’s unexpired term through 2016.

Applications can be sent to County Judge John Firth through Feb. 25. Commissioners Jack Wall and Justin Latham will interview applicants and report back to the court on March 11, when the court is expected to vote to fill the position.

Other action

In other action, the commissioners did not renew the Nov. 14 burn ban that expired Monday, meaning outdoor burning in the county is allowed.

Anyone who wants to conduct a controlled burn should notify the sheriff’s department beforehand. The person should monitor the fire, and the person should not conduct a burn when the wind is blowing in excess of 23 miles per hour, Firth said.

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