Suspect In Local Shooting Who Killed Himself Identified

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LEVITA (February 19, 2014) Authorities Wednesday afternoon identified a man wanted in a shooting who killed himself as deputies and police officers approached after pulling him over outside of a liquor store on State Highway 36 in Fort Gates as Franklin Wayne Ingram, 37, of Gatesville.

The shooting victim, Amber Suggs, whose injuries weren’t life-threatening, identified Ingram, said he might be headed to a residence near Flat, and described the Jeep he was driving.

A short time later, a sheriff’s investigator spotted the vehicle on Highway 36 coming in to Fort Gates, Coryell County Sheriff Johnny Burks said in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

The investigator attempted to make a traffic stop and Ingram turned off the highway onto Gateway Circle and pulled behind the liquor store, Burks said.

The investigator requested assistance and then got out of his vehicle as Ingram stepped out of the Jeep holding a shotgun.

Gatesville officers arrived as the investigator ordered Ingram several times to drop the weapon “at which time the suspect turned the gun on himself and fired,” Burks said.

Ingram died at the scene.

An autopsy was ordered.

Gatesville schools were temporarily locked down at the request of authorities because of the incident, but the lockdown had been lifted by late morning.

Authorities began searching for Ingram after deputies were sent at around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to a mobile home on FM 930, just west of Gatesville, where they found Suggs, who had been shot in the hand.

Suggs, a volunteer firefighter, used an emergency radio to call for help.

She was taken Coryell Memorial Hospital.

“At the time of this press release the motive for the shooting is under investigation,” Burks said.

Court records show that Ingram was indicted for indecency with a child on March 20, 2012 in a Gatesville case and that he was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication probation after pleading guilty on Feb. 22, 2013.

The charge stemmed from an incident that happened at a residence in Gatesville involving a girl who was 15, authorities said at the time of the indictment.

Texas Rangers and Gatesville police are assisting in the investigation.

(Photo by John Carroll)