AFRICANGLOBE – A brutal assault allegedly over parking in Deep Ellum caught on-camera lead to the arrest of a bartender named Austin Shuffield, according to an arrest warrant.
Witnesses watched in horror asa drunk Shuffield attacked the 24-year-old victim Wednesday night.
According to Dallas police, it all started when the woman stopped after allegedly driving the wrong way down Elm Street. That’s when Shuffield, 30, got out of his truck to ask her to move out of his way because she was allegedly blocking the parking lot exit.
When he approached, a dispute followed, which witnesses saw and recorded.
The video shows the drunk Shuffield and the victim in the heated argument. At one point, Shuffield pulls out what appears to be a gun and holds it behind his back. After more words are exchanged, he smacks the woman’s cell phone out of her hand as she was dialing 911. She reacts by punching him.
Shuffield responds by reaching back, taking a boxer’s stance and punching her squarely in the jaw. The video shows Shuffield then hitting her violently four more times in the face and head.
The woman was crouched over, cradling her head as Shuffield beat her mercilessly. Shuffield then kicks her cell phone violently on the ground.
Police were called an arrested Shuffield for aggravated assault causing injury, interference with an emergency call and public intoxication.
Owner of the High and Tight Barbershop and Speakeasy, Braxton Martin said Shuffield worked there as a bartender but was fired Thursday afternoon.
“From the video itself it shows an aggravated assault to our eyes. That is something needs to be dealt with quickly and swiftly and that’s what we’re trying to do and make sure it’s handled properly,” said Martin.
We cannot confirm who the victim is or how badly she was injured.
Other Deep Ellum businesses owners said Shuffield’s behavior — especially from someone who works there — is the last thing the neighborhood needs or wants.