A 31-year-old Killeen man is facing felony charges after he reportedly threatened his family with a gun and fired shots at his sister, according to police reports.

Jeremy Neal Merino was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin on Saturday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to arrest reports, Merino threatened to kill members of his family multiple times before firing shots at his sister from a vehicle.

The incident began around 4:25 p.m. in the 1700 block of Cedarhill Drive in Killeen. The suspect’s mother told officers her son was parked in front of her house and “threatening to kill the whole family,” according to police reports.

Other officers were called out. Once in the area, they found Merino’s sister screaming for help near the intersection of Ridgehaven Drive and Hidden Hills Drive.

She told officers she approached Merino in his car earlier that day to ask him to turn his music down. Merino reportedly had a handgun in his lap and told her to tell him why he shouldn’t shoot her.

She said Merino shot at her that same day after she passed his vehicle at a stop sign, according to police reports.

Officers pursued Merino after spotting his car on Rancier Avenue and arrested him. Police found a black, .40-caliber handgun and two spent shell casings in Merino’s vehicle, according to police reports.

Merino’s bail was set at $100,000.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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