TPD: Victim, Manager Were Protecting BP Shooter's Ex-Girlfriend

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Topeka man arrested in connection with a shooting at a local gas station broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and threatened to shoot her if she escaped, according to a Topeka Police Dept. (TPD) affidavit released on Tuesday. Click here to read full affidavit

Daniel Cregut faces more than a dozen charges, including multiple counts of Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Burglary, and Criminal Threat. The 51 year-old also faces a lone charge each of Kidnapping, Felony Stalking and Violating a Protection from Abuse order linked to a shooting at the BP store near Huntoon and Lane.

The affidavit states Cregut's ex-girlfriend was afraid he was going to kill her and bolted for the gas station when he got out of his car to buy cigarettes nearby. She ducked into the store and told the manager Cregut was going to kill her.

The store manager told her to hide in the back room and lock the door. Then the manager and a customer went to the front door to secure it. By then Cregut had arrived and was trying to get in. Police say that's when he pulled his gun out of his right pocket and fired.

Bryon Snyder, 36, was hit and fell to the ground. Then, Cregut forced his way in, while everyone else in the store locked themselves in the clerk's booth. Demanding to know where his ex-girlfriend was, Cregut fired twice at the bullet-proof glass.

Cregut then allegedly threatened to shoot Snyder again if they didn't tell him where she was. After looking in back, he left and went to a friend's house. The unidentified friend called the police, sparking a standoff.

Snyder reportedly suffered injuries to his heart, liver, a lung, and hand. Stormont-Vail says he has been released from the hospital.

A preliminary hearing for Cregut is scheduled for September 2. He remains jailed on a $1 million bond.


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