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Texas State Judge Julie Kocurek Shot in her Driveway in Austin: Cops

Frantic manhunt on after Texas judge shot in her driveway 2:22

A Texas state judge was in the hospital early Saturday after being shot and wounded in the driveway of her home in Austin, police said.

District Judge Julie Kocurek suffered an “extremely serious” injury but her condition is stable and not life threatening, Austin Police Department Commander Mark Spangler, told reporters.

Witnesses were being questioned but there was no information immediately available about the suspect, he said.

The department received a 911 call at 10:16 p.m. local time (11:16 p.m. ET) and officers found the victim at the scene.

“It is early in the investigation, however it appears that Julie had driven up into her driveway when the shooting took place,” Spangler said, adding that others were with her at the time.

No other details were immediately available.

Kocurek, a former prosecutor, was appointed to the court by then-Gov. George W. Bush in 1999. She went on to become the only Republican elected to a state district judgeship in Travis County, the heavily-Democratic county that is home to the State Capitol. In 2006, she switched to the Democratic party, the Austin American-Statesman said.