Injured DPS Trooper Out of Surgery, in ‘Good Spirits'

Trooper survives shooting, treated for non-specific injuries

What to Know

  • Shooting occurred after an attempted traffic stop after a driver initially refused to stop for a state trooper.
  • The state trooper is in stable condition after undergoing surgery for an unspecified injury.
  • The shooter was taken into custody after a standoff lasting more than 12 hours.

The state trooper shot Friday while trying to conduct a traffic stop in Frisco is still in the hospital, but is in "good spirits," the Texas Department of Public Safety wrote in a tweet Saturday afternoon.

The injured trooper, whose name has not been released, was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian in Plano, which is roughly six miles from where he was shot. He is in stable condition.

According to Lonny Haschel, with the Texas DPS, the trooper attempted to stop a driver on the Dallas North Tollway for a traffic violation at about 2:15 p.m. near West Spring Creek Parkway. The driver refused to stop, continuing north for about four miles to Lebanon Road.

From there, Haschel said, the driver led the trooper to the La Valencia at Starwood apartment complex where he stopped suddenly in the parking lot. At some point during the next few moments, the trooper was shot.

A Texas State Trooper shot following an attempted traffic stop in Frisco Friday afternoon is in stable condition and is out of surgery, NBC 5 News confirms.

Residents who live at the La Valencia at Starwood apartments were living in a divided world, where officers in tactical gear walked the complex a short distance away from neighbors who walked their dogs.

"I heard the first two shots," said Ivan Carbajal, who was trapped inside his apartment and shut himself in the bathroom for cover. "I thought they were, like, firecrackers cause you wouldn't think real shots. Then, boom! Two more go off. I'm like, oh my God! A shooting! So I close the door."

Carbajal said he prepared for the worst.

Carbajal's mother, Cynthia Arzola, was outside the complex, waiting and worrying.

"This is what happens when there are shootings, I guess," Arzola said. "It's just scary for everyone involved, even law enforcement themselves, especially."

After more than 12 hours, the suspected shooter was taken into custody at about 5 a.m. Saturday.

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