FPD officer recovering, suspect in custody

A Fredericksburg police officer is recovering from gunshot wounds and a suspect is in custody following a traffic stop early this morning.

At approximately 1:42 a.m. today, Bradley Durst, 29, was conducting a routine traffic stop in the 1600 block of East Main Street. The officer approached the vehicle at which time the driver leaned outside the vehicle and fired multiple shots, according to a press release from the Fredericksburg Police Department.

Durst was struck with two rounds — one in the right side of the neck and the other in the right lower abdomen.

He was able to call for assistance and a Gillespie County deputy and a first responder were the first on the scene.

The deputy assisted the officer into his vehicle and transported him to the Hill Country Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Durst was later transported to a San Antonio hospital where he is currently listed in stable condition in ICU.

The suspect, Robert Rendon, 31, of San Angelo and who reportedly has ties to Fredericksburg, is currently in custody in Bexar County. Charges are pending.

Rendon fled the scene in his vehicle and was later located in a neighboring county.

Multiple agencies were in pursuit of the vehicle and pursued him through multiple counties along the IH10 corridor, according to the report.

The suspect was reportedly driving erratically attempting to elude them, and firing his weapon at the pursuing officers, the report stated.

Then, at approximately 4:07 a.m., Rendon wrecked his vehicle in Bexar County near Foster Road and was taken into custody.

According to the police report, Rendon reportedly received non-life threatening injuries from the vehicle accident.

Durst has been with the Fredericksburg Police Department for 2 ½ years and has over four years combined experience in law enforcement.

Editor's note: The original press release from local law enforcement incorrectly listed the suspect's age as 57.





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