Suspect tied to possible stolen car shoots, kills self as Bexar deputies were in pursuit

A man who ran off after he was pulled over by a Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy shot and killed himself Sunday night.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said his deputies were involved in a routine operation for violent crime and ran a license plate of a car that was driving near the 7400 block of FM 78 in east Bexar County.

When they discovered the car had been stolen, a deputy began following the car. When he caught up, the man jumped out of the vehicle and ran.

“When the deputy saw the suspect, he was already jumping fences” in the area, Salazar said.

By that point, Salazar said Converse police and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety were assisting his deputies.

Once the suspect saw the police, Salazar said, he “pulled a handgun” and shot himself in the head.

Salazar said they do not know the identity of the suspect and that the Bexar County Medical Examiner would be working the scene. He described the man as in his 30s or 40s and was wearing only boxer-type underwear and boots.

“Thankfully no deputy was injured in the incident,” Salazar told media via Zoom videoconferencing from an oil exchange business near the scene.

No further details were immediately available.

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