(Photo by Chinh Doan)
KILLEEN (December 4, 2012)—A man who led police on a high-speed chase in Harker Heights and Killeen after he pulled a shotgun of officers has died from injuries he suffered when his car crashed during his escape attempt.
Mark Allen Love, 36, of Belton, was pronounced dead just before 5 a.m. Monday in the intensive care unit at Scott and White Hospital in Temple, according to a Department of Public Safety report.
Love led police officers from several agencies on a Sunday afternoon high-speed chase after Harker Heights police say he pulled a shotgun on them while they were investigating another incident for which he was a suspect.
Love was unconscious after the crash and had to be removed from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life, after which he was airlifted to Scott & White Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
Harker Heights officers were investigating a theft incident at a Harker Heights Sprint store when the suspect pulled a shotgun and pointed it at officers.
Harker Heights Police and Killeen Police pursued the suspect on foot until he got into a white Chevy Trailblazer and fled the scene.
The suspect led officers on a high-speed chase eastbound on U.S. 190 that ended when the suspect tried to exit the highway, but saw that the police had it blocked off.
A Nolanville police officer was near the Nolanville Main Street exit when the suspect swerved at the officer causing him to lose control of his vehicle.
The vehicle crossed both the median and two lanes of traffic before it came to a rest upside down on the westbound side of the highway.
Police estimate the suspect was traveling at least 100 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
No one else was injured.
Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the crash.