State trooper recovering after Friday's shooting and standoff

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The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was shot Friday is recovering in the hospital.

DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel said the trooper was shot in the leg just above the ankle. He underwent surgery and is now in good condition, but he will have a long road to recovery.

The highway patrol trooper tried to pull 42-year-old Bryan Cahill over for a traffic violation on the Dallas North Tollway in Plano Friday afternoon.

Cahill didn’t pull over and instead sped off. He drove to his apartment complex near the tollway and Lebanon Road in Frisco.

DPS said Cahill shot the state trooper and then barricaded himself inside his apartment. He was arrested early Saturday morning after a 15-hour standoff.

DPS said Cahill fired multiple rounds at SWAT officers as they attempted to arrest him. He was injured during the standoff.

Neighbors who saw Cahill’s apartment after his arrest said that he had reinforced his door with steel.

“I was at my desk on a phone call with an account, and I heard tire screech. They sounded really close to my building,” recalled resident Briana McKee. “Then I heard ‘Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!’ And I just jumped out of my chair and hit the floor, and I thought that’s probably bullets.”

The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment and then booked into the Collin County jail for the aggravated assault of a public servant. His bond was set at $500,000.

The trooper’s name is not being released while he is still in the hospital for security reasons, DPS said.

“Our trooper asked we convey his most sincere thanks to our law enforcement partners and the community for all the thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement.  He remains hospitalized but is in good spirits. The long road to recovery begins,” TxDPSNorth said on Twitter.

Cahill’s brother said even he doesn’t know what would have caused the suspect to snap. Cahill does not have a criminal history, and his brother said he hasn’t shown signs of violence in the past.