Police still searching for man who fired at DPS trooper in Leander


LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — The search is still on for the man police say shot at an off-duty DPS trooper in a Leander neighborhood over the holiday weekend.

Investigators with Leander police have been going door-to-door and canvassing the Horizon Park Subdivision asking homeowners about what they saw or heard during the early morning hours of July 4.

Cathi BaDour lives on Marin Cove, right next to where the incident happened.

“I was sleeping and I heard what I thought was airplanes flying around doing Fourth of July stunts,” says BaDour.

But it was far from a stunt. Instead, the helicopter hovering above her house was looking for a man who shot at the driver’s side door of Trooper Eugenio Cruz’s personal car as he was driving home.

“I hear bang, bang, bang and nobody’s ever knocked on my door so hard,” recalls BaDour. When she opened the door, officers holding rifles told her to stay inside.

More than 48 hours later, the man accused of shooting at Cruz still hasn’t been caught.

Police say the suspect waved Cruz down at the intersection of Marin Cove and Union Street before he fired at him.

“You’re talking about somebody who very quickly moved up to the window and two rounds were fired,” says Leander Assistant Police Chief Jeff Hayes. “We’re very lucky he wasn’t struck.”

After an eventful weekend, BaDour hopes police are able to close this case soon. “I don’t feel comfortable with a young unidentified person running loose with a gun.”

Police say they believe this is an isolated incident and are still trying to determine a motive.

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