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(AUSTIN, Texas) — A person of interest has been arrested who authorities say may be connected to the targeted attack on a judge in Texas.

Few details have been released about the individual, though the Austin Police Department reported Monday that the person was arrested “for unrelated charges.”

Judge Julie Kocurek was attacked outside of her home late Friday night when a suspect fired shots at her as she exited her vehicle, police said.

Responding officers initially thought she had been shot and she was initially listed in critical condition but a police spokesperson later said her injuries were sustained from shrapnel and broken glass and that she was in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

“The Kocurek family is grateful for everything being done on their behalf and appreciates the effort being undertaken by those involved in the investigation,” family representative Bill Rhea said in a statement Monday. “For the time being, Judge Kocurek and her family will remain completely focused on her recovery.”

Investigators have not confirmed that the shooting is connected to her role as a judge but police did tell ABC News that they are looking through her previous cases for any suspects with possible grudges or anyone who may have been recently released.

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