Crime

‘Everybody was scared.’ Residents reeling from 15-hour standoff in Frisco shooting

Residents were still dealing with the aftermath of a 15-hour standoff at their apartment complex in Frisco on Saturday afternoon.

Law enforcement arrested a man early Saturday morning who is suspected of shooting a Department of Public Safety trooper Friday night. The man, Bryan M. Cahill, 42, was taken into custody at about 5:05 a.m. at La Valencia at Starwood apartments in the 6800 block of Lebanon Road. He was taken to the hospital by police for serious injuries.

Once released, Cahill will be taken to Collin County Jail and be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.

When the trooper pulled Cahill over for a traffic violation on Dallas Parkway, Cahill drove away into the apartment complex, police said. He and the trooper shot at one another and the trooper was hit. The trooper was taken to a local hospital and was in good condition after surgery.

After shooting the trooper, Cahill barricaded himself inside an apartment for the next 15 hours, police said. Residents were evacuated from their homes and the entrance to the complex was blocked by police.

On Saturday, black tape still stuck to most of the doors where the SWAT team had marked apartments.

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Black tape marked residents’ doors where the SWAT team had marked them. Kaley Johnson kjohnson@star-telegram.com

“Everybody here was scared,” Cynthia Arzola said. She and her family have lived at the complex for four years, and she still has questions about the standoff and Cahill.

Arzola said her oldest son was home alone when the shots started at 2:15 p.m. He grabbed the family’s dog and a knife and hid in the bathtub for three hours, she said.

“That three hours I didn’t have my son were the worst part. It’s an ugly feeling as a parent because you don’t know,” she said.

Arzola said she and another family stayed in the apartment’s model home for the night after they were evacuated from their apartment.

Don Barbee lives in the building next to the one in which Cahill barricaded himself. Barbee said at about 2:30 a.m., he heard 30 to 50 gunshots. Barbee said Cahill made a run for it and was arrested.

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Don Burbee lives in the complex and said he heard 30 to 50 gunshots. Kaley Johnson kjohnson@star-telegram.com

Barbee said his building was not evacuated.

Chimere Kimbrough also lives in the building next door and said she thought she heard an explosion at 2:15 p.m. When the noise continued, she realized they were gunshots.

“I have never seen anything like this before in my life,” she said.

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Kaley Johnson is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. She majored in investigative reporting at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a passion for bringing readers in-depth, complex stories that will impact their lives. Send your tips via email or Twitter.
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