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Sheriff: Man who killed himself didn't want to go back to jail

By BY DIANNA WRAY
Nov. 3, 2010 at 6:03 a.m.
Updated Nov. 4, 2010 at 6:04 a.m.


The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office released more details on the man who shot himself to death after deputies attempted to arrest him on outstanding warrants.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff B.B. Browning said, Randall Wayne Branch, 56, of Waller, was in Port O'Connor to go fishing with an unnamed couple when a concerned citizen asked the sheriff's department to check on Branch, Browning said.

A sheriff's deputy checked Branch's identification and found a warrant for his arrest out of Waller County. The warrant was issued after Branch was indicted by a grand jury Oct. 1 for a felony theft of services valued between $1,500 and $20,000, Waller County Deputy Karen Bingham said.

When confronted, Branch fled, carrying a pistol.

Officers pursued Branch, who headed down Main Street.

He appeared on Fourth Street, walking toward the officers with a gun.

Branch ran up to the porch of a house on the corner of Adams Avenue and Fifth Street.

After trying to kick the door in, Branch turned back to the officers and said he wasn't going back to jail, Browning said.

He sat on a bench on the porch, with the muzzle of the pistol under his chin, and a 30-minute standoff ensued, Browning said. It ended when Branch shot himself.

Justice of the Peace Nancy Pomykal ruled his death self-inflicted from a gunshot wound to the head.

The body was sent to Austin for the autopsy, Browning said.

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