Man shot in standoff critical, will survive

LEROY, TX - A man shot following a standoff in rural McLennan County Tuesday will be in the hospital for quite some time but is expected to survive to face multiple charges.

McLennan County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy David Kilcrease says that 43-year-old Robert Smith has a lengthy criminal record and will be facing charges of felon in possession of a fire arm in addition to whatever else ends up being filed against him for the Tuesday incident.

Deputies were called to the home off Gerald Lane near Leroy about midday Tuesday on a disturbance call where Smith had become angry about CPS removing his children from his home.

He had been reported as firing at least two shots  before deputies arrived on the scene.

After observing for some time,  deputies attempted to subdue him with non lethal bean bag shots, but when he reached for a handgun a sniper fired one shot that struck him in the side.

He was then transported to the hospital.

Kilcrease said Smith, who lived in the Axtell area, had many people in the area frightened of him and there were incidents involving him that people had not reported because of fear of him.

TDCJ records show he was received by them on September 21, 2011 to serve a five year sentence for assault family violence out of McLennan County and an eight month sentence for theft out of Brown County.

He was given mandatory supervision and release in April 2016


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