Police say dead suspect upset over divorce

May 11, 2011 4:57:11 AM PDT
Round Rock police say a man who authorities say shot and killed his wife and her parents might have swerved to avoid tire deflation spikes when he fatally crashed into an unoccupied police car during a high-speed chase on Interstate 35. Authorities say it's unclear whether Jose Lopez crashed into the patrol vehicle intentionally.

Police spokesman Eric Poteet says that within "milliseconds" of an officer throwing out deflation spikes, Lopez's vehicle crashed into the officer's car.

Authorities were chasing Lopez on Sunday night after spotting him a few miles from the home near Georgetown where officials say he shot to death his wife and her parents.

The case is still under investigation, but a Williamson County sheriff's official tells the Austin American-Statesman that Lopez was upset over his pending divorce.

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