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Dallas police escalate charges against bartender in Deep Ellum assault

Dallas police escalate charges against bartender in Deep Ellum assault

Austin Shuffield mug shot
Austin Shuffield Courtesy photo

The Dallas bartender who was caught on video assaulting a woman in Deep Ellum will face more severe charges, following an investigation by the Dallas Police Department.

According to a release, the DPD concluded its investigation into the assault, and will file aggravated assault charges with a deadly weapon, which is a second-degree felony.

Austin Shuffield, 30, who worked as a bartender in Deep Ellum, is suspected of drunkenly assaulting a woman named L'Daijohnique Lee, 24, after he told her to move her vehicle.

The assault, which took place at 4:30 am, was captured on video by a witness. It was posted on Facebook and YouTube, and has drawn coverage from news outlets around the world, both for its graphic brutality, and because Shuffield is white, and Lee is African American.

The officers at the scene arrested Shuffield for Public Intoxication, Interference with an Emergency Call, and Assault.

Each of these offenses are a Class A Misdemeanor except for the Public Intoxication charge which is a Class C Misdemeanor.

The statement from the police says that "upon further investigation by the Crimes Against Persons Division, an additional charge of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon has been filed, and a charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, which is a second-degree felony, has been sent to the Dallas County District Attorney's Office for presentation to the Grand Jury."

The punishment for a second-degree felony would be a prison term of two to 20 years.

In response to the assault, protestors took to Deep Ellum on March 23, congregating around High & Tight Barber Shop & Bar, where Shuffield worked. The bar was forced to shut down for the weekend, due to the onslaught of attacks it experienced in the aftermath. Shuffield was fired on March 23.