FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — A Fredericksburg police officer shot during a weekend traffic stop is out of ICU and expected to make a full recovery.
Neighbors of the officer were left wondering why the shooting happened while hoping this was just an isolated event.
“I don’t want that to be here,” Ann Schoeber said while enjoying her quiet walks through her neighborhood. One of the homes she walks past belongs to the police officer shot early Saturday morning.
“I’m not prepared for it at all,” she said of 29-year-old Bradley Durst being shot twice by a man he stopped during a routine traffic stop Saturday just before 2 a.m. “I’m saying to God, ‘you keep these people away from here.’”
As Durst approached the vehicle, investigators say Rober Rendon, 31, shot Durst in the neck and the abdomen.
“(I was) very shocked,” one neighbor said, “and sad this happened to him.”
Police caught Rendon two hours later near San Antonio.
Durst, a former baseball player at Angelo State University, remains hospitalized at San Antonio Military Medical Center.
“We’re thinking of him,” Schoeber said, “I have been praying for him.”
Rendon is in the Bexar County Jail charged with attempted capital murder. His bond is set at $750,000.
Only one law officer has ever died in the line of duty in Gillespie County, and that happened back in 1928. A man shot and killed Deputy William ‘Poppy’ Pape in the community of Tivydale when he and other deputies tried to search the man’s car.