Weekend Running Gun Battle Leaves 2 Dead, 5 Wounded

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

CONCHO COUNTY (May 27, 2013)—A suspect and another person are dead and a county sheriff and four others are wounded after a weekend gun battle that crossed West Texas county lines.

The suspect, so far identified only as a 23-year-old South Carolina man, was killed in an exchange of gunfire with a Department of Public Safety trooper and a Texas Game Warden.

The series of incidents began at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday when a man in a pick up truck opened fire on a vehicle near Eden.

A woman, who has not been named, was wounded in the gunfire and she, Vinger said, remains hospitalized Monday at Shannon Hospital.

Her condition is not known.

A short time later two more victims were wounded when they were shot at while sitting in their vehicle outside a convenience store in Brady, in McCulloch County, Vinger said.

The suspect went back to Eden where another victim was injured by gunfire.

That victim was taken to a hospital where he was treated for injuries from gunshot wounds and released, Vinger said.

Alicia Torres, 41, was shot to death at about 6 a.m. Saturday while she sat in her car in Eola, in Concho County, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger.

Concho County Sheriff Richard Doane was shot about 15 minutes later when he encountered the suspect just north of Eden on U.S. Highway 83 and the man opened fire on the sheriff’s vehicle.

Doane was listed with non life-threatening injuries at Shannon West Texas Memorial Hospital, in San Angelo on Monday morning.

DPS Highway Patrol troopers and a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden were sent to the scene of the last shooting to assist and it was a short time after they arrived that the confrontation with the armed suspect took place, Vinger said.

The suspect’s identity has not been made public pending notification of his next of kin, Vinger said.

Investigators recovered an assault rifle, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from the suspect’s pick up truck.

Vinger said Texas Rangers are investigation the series of incidents.

The DPS Highway Patrol, DPS Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Concho County Sheriff's Office, McCulloch County Sheriff's Office, Brady Police Department and Tom Green County Sheriff's Office are assisting the Texas Rangers in the investigation.


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