Killeen, Texas (KWKT) — The Killeen Police Department and surrounding agencies were involved in a Thursday afternoon pursuit, resulting in the capture of a wanted 53-year-old man.
Aroun 12:50 p.m., officers with the Killeen Police Department attempted to stop a red vehicle driven by a wanted Killeen man. They stopped the car eastbound on the Highway 190 overpass at Stan Schlueter. As the officers approached the vehicle the driver sped off eastbound into Harker Heights and a pursuit ensued.
The suspect fled from the officers at a high rate of speed throughout Harker Heights, Nolanville, Bell County, Belton and Temple. Officers with each department assisted the Killeen Police Department at different times during the pursuit.
A Department of Public Safety Trooper was in the area of Simmons Road when he entered the pursuit at 1:10 p.m. He remained with the Killeen Police Department as the suspect continued to run from officers. The trooper became the lead officer in the pursuit as it continued through Belton and into Temple. The chase continued northbound on Farm to Market Road 317 then westbound onto Highway 36 entering Coryell County. The suspect was traveling at approximately 100 miles per hour.
The driver had been handled by officers in the past and he was known to be armed and have drugs with him. He began making furtive movements and officers had reason to believe he had a gun inside the car.
Tthe trooper shot out a rear tire on the vehicle as they were traveling on Hwy 36, however the suspect failed stop. The driver again made suspicious movements when he turned southbound onto Highway 184 and then onto East Range Road. Two more shots were fired by the DPS trooper hitting the other rear tire and the trunk of the vehicle. The suspect came to a stop a short distance later. The trooper took care to make sure the area was clear and no one was in harm’s way when the shots were fired.
The suspect was taken into custody at 1:42 p.m., and later took him to a local hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.
Officers recovered three guns and drugs inside the vehicle. The suspect had outstanding warrants out of Bell County for narcotic-related offenses and a warrant out of Travis County.
His name will not be released at this time until formal charges are returned regarding this incident.
Officers involved in this incident with the Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton and Temple Police Departments, Department of Public Safety, Bell County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Coryell County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Hood Provost Marshalls Office, and the U.S. Marshall’s Office, worked together safely to have this pursuit come to a safe conclusion.
This incident continues to be investigated and information will be released as it becomes available.