TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW)-- The condition of a man shot while protecting a woman at a convenience store improved Tuesday, while the suspect in the case is being held on $1 million bond.
Fifty-one year-old Daniel Cregut made his first court appearance Tuesday morning. He was booked into the Shawnee County Jail late Monday night on four counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated burglary, kidnapping, criminal threats, criminal damage, violating a protection from abuse order, and stalking.
Assistant Shawnee Co. District Attorney Jacqie Spradling told 13 News a woman discovered Cregut in her home with a gun Monday and convinced him to go with her to get cigarettes from the BP gas station at 1401 SW Huntoon. Topeka Police were dispatched to the story just before 12:30 pm Monday on a report of shots fired.
Spradling says, once the woman and Cregut arrived at the gas station, the woman ran inside the business, where three men tried to help her escape. Spradling says Cregut fired several rounds at the men and one shot struck Bryon Snyder, damaging his heart, a lung, his liver and his hand.
Spradling says witnesses told police Cregut aimed the gun at Snyder again and did not fire, however he did fire two more rounds at the other men, missing them.
Police say Cregut fled to a home off SW13th and Washburn. Officers, including the SWAT team, surrounded the home. Cregut came out with his hands up just before 6 pm and surrendered.
Stormont-Vail confirms Snyder was an employee of their organization. A spokesperson says his condition was upgraded Tuesday from critical to serious.
His family released a statement Tuesday afternoon through the hospital's marketing department:
The prayers and support that the Topeka community has provided Bryon and our family during the past day have been amazing. We truly appreciate the outpouring of support from friends, co-workers, churches and individuals we don’t even know.
Bryon is doing well and his spirits are good. His condition was upgraded from critical to serious today and he remains a patient in the intensive care unit at Stormont-Vail. The outlook for his recovery is very positive.
We cannot say enough about the awesome care and support that Bryon and our family has received from the Stormont-Vail staff. The care started the minute Bryon entered the trauma room up until now.
Bryon celebrated his 36th birthday on Sunday. He is a very gentle, kind, young man. He is an awesome dad and has three beautiful children. His mom and dad and sisters are extremely proud of him. We are not surprised at all by the actions Bryon took Monday. He always has a smile on his face and when someone needs help, he is often the first to step up and ask how he can help.
Thank you to our community for the prayers and support you have shown to Bryon and our family.
Friends have set up an online fund to help Snyder, his wife and their three children with expenses. It can be found at www.fundrazr.com.
Posted by Melissa Brunner