Chase suspect dies after crash and shootout with law enforcement

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Friday, August 13, 2021
Chase suspect dies after crash and shootout with law enforcement
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The crash in Chambers County capped off a chaotic trail of crime that began in an east Harris County neighborhood.

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- The chase suspect who was wounded in a shootout with law enforcement after crashing along I-10 in Chambers County has died, according to authorities.

The crash scene located just east of Anahuac is connected with a barricade in east Harris County where deputy constables had been fired at Thursday morning, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The sheriff added that the vehicle used in the chase was stolen as the suspect fled the original scene.

SkyEye captured a heavily damaged DPS vehicle and a wrecked pickup at the end of the chase.

Gonzalez said the suspect had been shooting out of a vehicle during the pursuit, but it was not known whether the suspect's fatal shot was self-inflicted or from law enforcement.

WATCH: Sheriff Gonzalez gives details after the end of a chaotic chase

A DPS trooper was airlifted to the hospital. That person's condition was not immediately known.

The earlier barricade was reported in the 8500 block of Nemard Lane, which is just off Highway 90 and Miller Road.

The sheriff said Harris County Precinct 3 deputy constables who responded to a CPS referral on a 16-year-old girl's welfare were fired upon. At one point, one of the deputies was unable to escape the home as the shots continued, but was later taken to safety.

There were no injuries in the initial incident.

The sheriff then said the suspect in the barricade took off in the stolen vehicle, later confirming an active pursuit was underway.

"Suspect fled towards Chambers County, just crashed out, and still firing shots at law enforcement," the sheriff tweeted.

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