VIDEO: Cell Phone Video Shows Moment State Trooper Was Shot In Gunfight
Frisco, TX – A neighbor’s cell phone video captured the moment a Texas state trooper was shot during a gun battle following a traffic stop in Frisco (video below).
The incident began when the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper tried to stop a motorist for a traffic violation on the Dallas North Tollway at about 2:15 p.m. on March 29, the Dallas Morning News reported.
The driver, later identified by the Collin County Sheriff’s Office as 42-year-old Bryan Cahill, fled north about four miles before he exited the highway and pulled into the parking lot of La Valencia at Starwood apartments in the 6800-block of Lebanon Road.
The video obtained from a witness by the Dallas Morning News showed the state trooper taking cover behind his black DPS SUV while there was an ongoing gunfight.
Although the gunman could not be seen in the video, his gunfire could be heard.
There were two shots at the trooper just as the video began, and then the trooper stepped out from behind his SUV and fired three shots in the direction of Cahill.
Cahill’s vehicle, a green Pontiac Firebird, was stopped several car lengths in front of the DPS SUV, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Then the trooper ran across an open area of pavement and took cover behind another parked car while he fired five more shots, the video showed.
The video showed the trooper made a dash back to the cover of his SUV, but he was hopping and fell to the pavement, wounded by gunfire.
In the video, the trooper scrambled to get to cover behind the SUV as he maneuvered on one foot.
He briefly hopped around the other side of his vehicle before falling on his rear end, and losing his hat, the video showed.
But the video showed the law enforcement officer did not stay down, despite his wounds.
The state trooper popped back up and took cover behind the SUV once again.
About 30 seconds later, the video showed Frisco police arriving to back up the trooper.
One officer ran up to the back of the DPS SUV and took a position of cover with his weapon pointed in the direct of Cahill’s vehicle, the video showed.
The video showed another Frisco officer gearing up at the back of his own police SUV.
Then two more officers arrived and took cover behind the Frisco police SUV just before the video ended.
Frisco police transported the wounded trooper to Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He is expected to recover.
The gunman barricaded himself in his apartment at the complex, the Dallas Morning News reported.
In the scene’s aftermath, footage from news helicopters showed bullet holes in the back of the Firebird and a long gun laying on the ground next to the car.
Officers from Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Little Elm and Richardson Police Departments, DPS state troopers, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) engaged the gunman in what would become a 15-hour standoff, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Cahill was taken into custody by SWAT officers at about 5 a.m. on Saturday.
Residents of the apartment complex were told to lay on the ground and shelter in place until officers were able to evacuate them during the standoff.
Nobody was able to return to their homes until after 7 a.m. the next morning, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Texas Department of Public Safety Spokesman Lonny Haschel said Cahill had serious injuries and was taken to the hospital after he was arrested.
Haschel said Cahill would be booked into the Collin County Jail when he was released from the hospital, and charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Cahill’s bail was set at $500,000.
Watch video of the gunfight below. WARNING - Graphic Content