A man outside the Twin Peaks rally Saturday in downtown Waco was shot with non-lethal projectiles after he pulled a knife and made "aggressive menacing slashing motions" toward a deputy, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said. The man was not associated with the rally or participating in the demonstration, McNamara and rally organizers said.
Daniel Maeberry, 57, of Waco, was arrested as demonstrators gathered outside the McLennan County Courthouse on Saturday to mark two years since the deadly Twin Peaks shootout. After the rally kicked off, McNamara said Maeberry approached a deputy with a knife.
"This individual approached one of our deputies and began making menacing slashing motions at the deputy from approximately 10 to 15 feet away," McNamara said. "Then he took off, and the deputies pursued him up 5th Street toward Waco Drive."
Members of the Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team and other deputies attempted to apprehend the man as he ran from officers. McNamara said deputies shot three non-lethal projectile bean bags at the man, but to no avail.
"He had been shot three times with bean bags, and it had no effect on him whatsoever," McNamara said. "One of our sergeants was able to bail out of his vehicle and tackle the suspect."
Deputies arrested Maeberry on a first-degree felony charge of aggravated assault on a public servant. He was taken to McLennan County Jail and remained in custody Tuesday night with a bond listed at $30,000.
"I am very proud of our deputies who acted very quickly and were able to get the situation under control," McNamara said. "We are very glad we did not have to use deadly force."
No officers were hurt in the incident, authorities said.
The Twin Peaks rally was a peaceful demonstration, and the incident was not related to the rally or any biker group, McNamara said.