Travis County

Man accused of firing dozens of shots at Pflugerville apartments

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Pflugerville police say a 31-year-old man is in custody at a hospital after he fired dozens of shots at a Pflugerville apartment complex Thursday morning.

Police responded to a call of shots fired just after 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Highlands Luxury Apartments at the intersection of Wells Branch Parkway and Heatherwilde Boulevard.  

Shots were still being fired inside an apartment unit as officers arrived. Police say the suspect fired more than 50 shots inside the apartment. The bullets traveled through walls and into several adjacent apartments.

There was a brief standoff before the suspect was taken into custody. Inside his apartment, several firearms were found as well as live ammunition, police say.

Julie Glidewell, who lives next to the suspect, said she and her family hid in the bathroom for about two hours while shots hit the walls of her apartment.

"I called 911 because we just started hearing more pops," Glidewell said. "It sounded like firecrackers. It was nonstop."

Glidewell said a bullet grazed her nephew's toe, but he's expected to be OK. Eventually, SWAT evacuated them from their apartment. 

"For me, I see this happening in other places, not here, my house, my neighbor," she said. "I wouldn't know him, I don't talk to him. But it was very scary because the shots, they kept getting louder and louder and you could tell he was in the hallway. You could hear it hitting the walls."

It sounded like firecrackers. It was nonstop.

Sisters Maureen and Michelle Akpaka said they heard dozens of shots fired from the second-floor apartment across from theirs. They said they saw a man hang up two sheets on his patio and fire at officers on the ground below.

"You could see him like pacing back and forth with a gun and peeping open the sheets to shoot the cops, and the cops were shooting back," Maureen said. "It was just crazy." 

"We kept seeing a reflection of someone holding a gun, someone constantly peering out of the window," she added. "Then we heard gunshots coming out of the window towards the police, and that's when the police started scrambling and positioning themselves all kinds of ways."

At one point the sisters said they saw a man jump through the second-floor window and get caught on the broken glass. "Because the glass was broken, their arm got caught, so they were kind of dangling," Maureen said. "The police didn't let that last for long."

Police do not believe anyone was seriously hurt in the shooting.

The Department of Public Safety assisted Pflugerville police, including with aircraft. Its criminal investigations unit used a drone during its work to provide officer safety at the scene.

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