A suspect in his 20s wanted for several felony offenses fatally shot himself while another man was arrested after a multi-county pursuit between San Antonio and Seguin, police said.
The incident happened late Monday night. It is unclear what charges the suspect was wanted for.
According to San Antonio police, they were trying to stop a vehicle of the suspect they say was wanted for several felony offenses. However, the driver didn’t stop and fled San Antonio through Interstate 10 East, reported KSAT.
According to police, before the suspect left the city boundaries, a man came out of the car and was apprehended. The unidentified man had a handgun and confirmed the driver was the person that officers were searching for.
Meanwhile, as the suspect approached Seguin via Interstate 10, officers with the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop him. However, the man’s vehicle took a turn and headed back to San Antonio on Interstate 10. Officers from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop the suspect’s vehicle with spike strips but were unsuccessful, the report said.
Soon, the San Antonio Police Department took over the chase when the suspect re-entered their jurisdiction. He then proceeded westbound on Interstate 10 and then onto Interstate 35 South, according to the report.
Police officers then used a maneuver to stop the suspect’s vehicle. Finally, it came to a stop in front of a home in the 200 block of Sims, but the driver did not exit the car.
Suspect Found With Self-Inflicted Wound
When officers approached the vehicle to check on the driver, they found him dead, according to SAPD. The man was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was not publicly identified by SAPD.
According to a preliminary report, no SAPD officers shot at the suspect.
Earlier this month, the Texas Department of Public Safety released its “Crime in Texas” report for 2020, stating that as per numbers, overall crime in the state dropped by nearly 3% from 2019, but the number of murders across the state increased by 37%.
The report stated that compared to 2019, San Antonio’s overall crime dropped 16%, but like the statewide statistics show, the number of murders increased. At least 126 murders were reported in 2020 and 105 in 2019, it said.