Man who admitted shooting at cops in jailhouse phone call found guilty
Robert Rendon guilty of aggravated assault of peace officer
SAN ANTONIO – A jury found Robert Rendon guilty of aggravated assault of a peace officer on Thursday after he shot a Fredericksburg police officer and leading San Antonio police on a high-speed chase.
Rendon shot and wounded Fredericksburg police Officer Bradley Durst during a traffic stop on April 19, 2014.
San Antonio police picked up the ensuing chase from Comal County officers on Highway 281, exchanging gunfire with Rendon.
The chase ended on Highway 90 East and Ackerman Road after Rendon lost control and flipped his car.
During the trial, the jury heard a recording of a jail house phone call Rendon made to a friend a week after he was arrested.
Rendon admitted to the shooting and was seemingly surprised that none of the officers he shot died.
“Can you believe it?” Rendon told his friend. “I shot four (expletives deleted) and not one of the (expletives deleted) died.”
Later in the call, Rendon says he was talking on the phone while shooting at the pursuing officers.
“I was shooting out the back windows and was talking to some friends of mine,” he said. “They had called me and told me that they loved me and they wanted me to stop and give up. They didn’t want me to die.”
The punishment phase of the trial began immediately Thursday after the jury delivered the guilty verdict.
If convicted, Rendon faces a maximum of life in prison.
In January, Rendon will go on trial in Gillespie County on attempted capital murder charges for shooting Durst.
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