Texas Judge Gunned Down Outside Her Home

Texas Judge Gunned Down Outside Her Home

Texas Judge Gunned Down Outside Her Home

State District Judge Julie Kocurek, the presiding felony judge for Travis County, was shot in the driveway of her West Austin home late Friday, authorities said. Police said the injury is not considered life threatening.

Kocurek was taken to University Medical Center-Brackenridge, where she was joined by several other Travis County judges and her court staff. Her condition initially was considered critical, but shortly after midnight officials said her condition had been upgraded to stable.

Police said the shooting was reported at 10:16 p.m. Kocurek had just returned home and was accompanied by others when she was shot, police Cmdr. Mark Spangler said. No one else with the judge was shot.

A neighbor of Kocurek’s told the American-Statesman that she “just heard four pops.”

Law enforcement officials swarmed the area around Kocurek’s home near Lake Austin looking for the assailant. The search includes dozens of Austin police officers who are searching by both air and ground. Spangler said darkness obviously presented a challenge in the search