A roughly 16-minute police chase in Aubrey ended Tuesday morning with a man shooting himself with a shotgun in a pasture near the 5600 block of U.S. Highway 377, according to Lt. Orlando Hinojosa, a spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities have not yet identified the man, who died at the scene.
Hinojosa said the incident started about 10:30 a.m., when an Aubrey police officer reportedly clocked the suspect driving about 20 mph over the speed limit in the 300 block of U.S. 377. At the time, the man was southbound in a gray Ford Explorer while the officer drove north.
When the officer made a U-turn and activated his emergency lights, the man continued to drive south toward U.S. Highway 380, Hinojosa said. The suspect eventually headed west onto U.S. 380 before he turned around and drove back toward Aubrey.
“[The suspect] took the 380 exit and he somehow turned around to head back,” Hinojosa said.
Hinojosa said Texas Highway Patrol officers later deployed road spikes, puncturing the vehicle’s right front tire. The suspect then turned onto a private road and stopped in a nearby pasture. He stepped out of the SUV with a shotgun and fired once in the air, Hinojosa said.
Refusing to put the gun down, the suspect fired another shot, this time at himself, Hinojosa said, adding responding officers did not fire a shot.
According to Aubrey police officials, the Texas Rangers now are leading the investigation.
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