SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A suspect is recovering in a Nacogdoches hospital after he allegedly led law enforcement on a car chase from Panola County to Shelby County Thursday night and shot himself in the face.
According to a press release from the Panola County Sheriff's Office, a PCSO deputy attempted to a make a traffic stop on vehicle in the Clayton area for an expired registration, which had been expired for more than two years.
When the deputy hit his emergency lights, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and headed south on FM 1970. The man ran a stop light at the intersection of State Highway 315 and continued south on FM 1970.
The vehicle's speed never exceeded 75 mph, but the driver didn't stop, the press release stated. When the pursuit got to the southern Panola County line, the dispatcher notified the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
After the suspect's vehicle crossed into Shelby County, the Panola County deputies continued to follow the man until Shelby County Sheriff's Office could take over the pursuit, the press release stated.
"The vehicle began to make defensive maneuvers by jamming the brakes, attempting to crash into the pursuing units," the press release stated. Panola County deputies allowed a safe distance as to not strike the vehicle."
According to the press release, the pursuing deputies reported seeing the suspect display a rifle or a shotgun as the vehicle approached the intersection of FM 1970 and State Highway 84. When the vehicle stopped at the intersection, the suspect fired one shot inside the cab of the vehicle, the press release stated.
The suspect then turned east on SH 84, and allegedly continued to display the gun as he headed toward Timpson. As the vehicle approached U.S. Highway 59, the suspect dropped the gun out the window before he stopped at the intersection of Highway 59, the press release stated.
At that point, the suspect was taken into custody without any further incident. When the deputies made contact with the man, they discovered that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face.
The deputies administered first aid until Shelby County EMS arrived on the scene, and the man was transported to a Nacogdoches hospital with non-life threatening injuries, the press release stated.
The Panola County Sheriff's Office is not releasing the suspect's name at this time.
"I would like to thank the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Center Police Department, Timpson Police Department, and Texas DPS for their help," said Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake.