Judge ambushed, shot in Austin

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AUSTIN, Tx - A compelling movie plot for sure, but in Austin, Texas it is reality. In the dead of night, a state judge pulls up in her driveway. Shots ring out and the judge is critically wounded.

It played out late Friday night at the home of Texas State Judge Julie Kocurek in Tarrytown,  just  west of downtown Austin.

Judge Kocurek is hospitalized in stable condition and expected to recover.

"The victim is in stable condition and this injury, although extremely serious, does not appear to be life threatening at this time." said Officer Mark Spangler, Austin Police Department.

The manhunt continues.  "We don't have a lot of information about suspect unfortunately this occurred in the darkness," said Spangler.

Police have not said whether the shooting is connected to the judge`s work. She presided over the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry and is presiding over-high profile murder cases.

In one, former Austin police officer Vontrey Clark is accused of killing Samantha Dean, found dead in a parking lot. In another Mark Norwood is accused of killing Deborah Baker in 1988. DNA linked Norwood to the murder and he was easy to find, already in prison for the murder of another woman in 1986.

Since 1999 Judge Kocurek has been the presiding judge of the 390th District Court, appointed by then-Gov. George W. Bush.

Although she became the only Republican elected as a state district judge in Travis County, in 2006, she switched parties and became a Democrat.

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