Witness recounts standing feet away from Round Rock Police shooting

This series of images from a surveillance camera shows a dog attacking a Round Rock police officer Sunday. (Courtesy: Round Rock Police Department)

ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — The police tape is down at the Mister Car Wash in Round Rock, but the memories of Sunday’s arrest of 35-year-old Rudy Gonzales are still fresh on the mind of Adrienne Smith.

Monday, Smith and her two boys were out enjoying the day and doing some shopping. The plans for the three of them were similar Sunday while Smith got her car washed. She said employees were putting the finishing touches on her car when she saw a man and his dog run across the parking lot and try to steal another car. Unsuccessful, Smith said police were not far behind deploying a Taser. With the man on the ground, Police said surveillance video shows the dog attacked an officer. Police said the dog was shot and killed as a result.

“This is where the dog was lying,” Smith said motioning to an area just feet away from her car, “I barely had time to just turn around and try to huddle up against them and protect them from seeing anything.”

What Adrienne’s boys did see, she said, they don’t fully understand because they’re still too young.

“They are under the impression the dog got shot but that he went to the doctor afterwards,” said Smith.

The encounter between the dog and the officers actually came after a special training session this past summer. Round Rock Police told us Monday all of their officers went through a U.S. Department of Justice course between June and August. They also attended a four hour course on defensive tactics with nationally recognized instructor Jim Osorio. Round Rock Police Officers have now received over 700 total hours of training. Officials said they also plan to take advantage of any future dog training opportunities.

Gonzales was initially wanted in connection to a stolen car investigation. He is being held in the Williamson County Jail on charges of evading arrest and attempted aggravated kidnapping. Officials said Gonzales also had outstanding warrants out of Dallas and Comal Counties. Round Rock Police said more charges could be coming.