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Shooting suspect arrested after pursuit, victim taken to local hospital with serious injuries

Melvin Baugh Jr., age 21 was arraigned on July 24, 2021 by Justice of the Peace Bill 
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Melvin Baugh Jr., age 21 was arraigned on July 24, 2021 by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and evading arrest/Detention with a Vehicle.(Harker Heights Police Department)
Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) - Melvin Baugh Jr., age 21 has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle.

Baugh is currently in custody at the Bell County Jail.

Police received a report of gunfire at around 1:25 p.m. Friday.

When they arrived, the man suspected of firing the shots was gone, but a deputy Bell County constable spotted the suspect’s vehicle and tried to pull it over.

The suspect sped off with the constable and Harker Heights officers in pursuit.

The chase ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed in Harker Heights just before 1:40 p.m.

Officers arrested the driver without incident.

Police, meanwhile, learned the victim had been taken to Scott & White Medical Center in Temple.

“Preliminary investigation suggests the female victim was shot by the male suspect who had been taken into custody,” police said in a press release.

The woman’s injuries though serious aren’t life-threatening, police said.

“There are no indications that the male suspect and the female victim knew each other,” police said.

The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, is facing charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and evading arrest.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to call detectives at (254) 953-5440.

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