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Affidavit: Cyclist shot by man who needed to 'blow off steam' after assaulting girlfriend

Merrick Isaacks is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a 2nd degree felony. His bond is set at $100,000. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

A 19-year-old man is facing charges after police say he randomly shot a cyclist with a shotgun in a drive by in East Austin last week.

A witness told police that on June 7, Merrick David Isaacks threatened him with a shotgun, saying he would shoot him and Isaacks' girlfriend if the witness didn't drive Isaacks around to "blow off steam" after Isaacks had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.


The witness, who says he's only known Isaacks for around four months, says that he and Isaacks left from an apartment complex off Wickersham and E. Riverside Dr. The witness says that as they approached the Montopolis/Riverside intersection, Isaacks told him to stop because he wanted to "shoot or kill someone standing at the bus stop."

According to an affidavit, the witness told Isaack no in an effort to prevent him from shooting, saying there were cameras in the traffic signals.

The witness says they drove on, passing a Shell station about 250 feet down the road when they saw a bicycle travelling in the same direction. The witness says Isaacks fired the shotgun once out of the passenger side window, not saying anything.

Police say the cyclist was found around 11:52 p.m. on June 7 after a call for a possible gunshot wound. A passerby stopped and rendered CPR on the victim until police arrived. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center, where doctors say the victim had pellets from a shotgun blast in his brain stem.

Officers at the scene also found a shotgun wad in the street near where the victim's bike was found.

Merrick Isaacks is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a 2nd degree felony. His bond is set at $100,000.

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