2 teens face first-degree charges in connection to DPS trooper shooting

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Two juveniles accused of firing a weapon at an off-duty DPS trooper last month have been officially charged, according to Williamson County juvenile prosecutor Michael Cox.

Both teen boys are charged with a first-degree offense in the juvenile system, but Cox wouldn’t elaborate on what the specific charges are.

Cox says since the suspects are juveniles, there are three scenarios the court could go with:

  1. Try them as a juvenile and put them in a “home” or on probation until they turn 19
  2. Waive the juvenile jurisdiction and transfer the case to an adult court
  3. Give them a “determinant sentence” which is like a hybrid sentence between the adult and juvenile system. The juvenile judge can send them to prison any time before their 19th birthday. The maximum sentence is 40 years in prison for a first degree offense.

According to police, Sgt. Eugenio Cruz Jr. was driving to his home in Leander in the early morning hours on July 4 when he was flagged down by a suspect near the intersection of Marin Cove and Union Street. Authorities said the suspect approached Cruz’s car and fired a gun, striking the driver’s side window. Cruz was not hit and was treated and released from the hospital for minor injuries from broken glass.

Police were able to identify the juveniles after they released surveillance photographs of the suspects.


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