One dead in officer-involved shooting near WilCo/Bell county line
BELL COUNTY, Texas —
Multiple agencies are on-scene of a fatal shooting involving a Williamson County Sheriff's Office deputy Thursday afternoon
A spokesperson with the sheriff's office tells CBS Austin that deputies were involved in a pursuit and ended up shooting the suspect near the Williamson / Bell county line on Highway 195.
The suspect died on scene. No other injuries were reported.
Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody's said it started as a check welfare call.
"Deputies received a call of a check welfare from another jurisdiction. I'm talking about a military jurisdiction and I don't want to comment too much on this," Chody said.
Chody wouldn't say which military base made the call, but Ft. Hood is about 30 miles from the scene.
A crisis intervention team deployed a drone over the suspect's car in the Florence area to get a safe look at the situation from a distance.
"Even though all of our deputies in Williamson County are trained in mental health services, our crisis intervention team are experts at it. They were following protocol and we were wanting to deploy that drone to see where this person was at because we did not want the result that we have here, but that was not the choice of my deputies that was the choice of this person," Chody said.
When deputies arrived, the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued, reaching speeds of 110 mph. When the suspect reached the Bell County line, he pulled over onto private property and a foot chase began. Sheriff Chody said the suspect had a gun and fired at least one shot at deputies, who returned fire, killing the suspect.
Chody said the suspect was involved in some sort of domestic disturbance Wednesday night, but did not elaborate.
"I know there was some event that occurred last night. So potentially they could've saved her life too so we don't know what was in the mindset of this person," Chody said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is now in charge of the investigation.