A Texas park ranger advising revelers at a lake to follow social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic was shoved into the water.
The ranger, recognized in an Austin police report as Cassidy Zukeran Stillwell, was telling a gaggle of parkgoers at Lake Austin to unfold aside when he was pushed. Thursday’s scene was captured on video and shared on social media.
“Disperse yourselves,” Stillwell will be heard saying within the video. “You are not participating in that six ft of distance with one another.”
“I obtained you man,” a reveler responds. “I obtained you.”
Shortly afterward, a person pushes the ranger with one hand, and, because the ranger begins to fall, he grabs the person however slips and turns into totally emerged within the water.
Brandon James Hicks, 25, was arrested on suspicion of assault on a public servant and damaging metropolis property, the ranger’s emergency radio. Officers stated he might have “triggered the Ranger to strike his head on the dock as he was falling, and render himself unconscious in not less than three ft of water the place he might have drowned to dying,” in response to a police report obtained by NBC affiliate KXAN.
The state on Friday started permitting retail shops, eating places, film theaters and malls to reopen with restricted capability following a month of widespread isolation orders sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home order in late March didn’t prohibit individuals from visiting parks.
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