Suspect allegedly shoots Fredericksburg officer, rolls car during chase

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by KENS 5 staff

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Posted on April 19, 2014 at 5:48 PM

 SAN ANTONIO -- A Fredericksburg police officer has been hospitalized in San Antonio following an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning.  

According to investigators, around 1:45 a.m. the officer, who has been identified as Bradley Durst, 29, pulled over Robert Rendon. During the traffic stop, Rendon reportedly fired four shots at Durst, hitting the officer twice.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the officer was struck as he approached the 31-year-old suspect's vehicle. The injured officer suffered wounds to his neck and lower abdomen.

The suspect then fled the scene, triggering a long chase. Chief McManus said Rendon exchanged gunfire with Comal County sheriff's deputies during the pursuit.

SAPD joined the chase on Highway 281, just before the suspect rolled his vehicle near I-10 and Ackerman Road, according to McManus.

"During that pursuit, it was kind of a repeat of what happened with Officer Deckard," McManus told media.  "The driver was firing at the vehicle with a long rifle, actually there were two guns in the car.  We're not sure which gun he was using but there's an assault rifle and a semi-automatic pistol on the scene that were in the vehicle,"  McManus continued. "He was shooting at San Antonio police during the pursuit."

The Fredericksburg officer was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center where he underwent surgery.  

"He was wearing body armor, but the round made its way, somehow, between the panels and he was struck in the abdomen." McManus said.  

Fredericksburg police said officer Durst is in stable condition at SAMMC.  

Durst has been with the Fredericksburg Police Department over two years, according to the department.

Rendon has been charged with three counts of attempted capital murder, one charge of evading arrest and four felony drug charges, according to the Bexar County Magistrate's Office. Two of Rendon's charges are remanded without bond.

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