Man who shot officer charged with attempted murder

Courtesy: Tom Green County Sheriff
Courtesy: Tom Green County Sheriff

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — A man suspected of shooting a police officer during a routine traffic stop is facing attempted murder charges.

Chief Steven Wetz said in an official press release that Officer Bradley Durst, 29, was walking up on a vehicle Saturday around 1:42 a.m, driven by 31-year-old Robert Rendon, when he was shot.

Rendon leaned outside of the vehicle and fired twice, hitting Durst in the neck and stomach. He then fled the scene.

Durst was able to radio for help.

Multiple agencies chased Rendon along the Interstate 10 corridor.

He attempted to get away by driving erratically and firing his weapon at his pursuers before crashing just after 4 a.m. in Bexar County near Foster Road. Police took him into custody shortly after.

Durst is currently in stable condition at San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Rendon has been charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer and is being held on a combined bond of $750,000.

In 2007 Rendon pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony drug case and was sentenced to nine years in prison by 391st District Judge Tom Gossett.

He has two third-degree felony charges pending in Tom Green County — evading arrest with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance between 1 and 4 grams.

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