3-county chase ends with driver's self-inflicted gunshot to head
Sept. 18, 2013 at 4:18 a.m.
A high-speed chase that sprawled across three counties ended early Wednesday evening when the driver shot himself in the head.
Kellen Smith, 28, of Port O'Connor, was transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Heath System in Houston and is in critical condition, said Trooper Gerald Bryant of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The chase began at 5 p.m. in Port Lavaca when the police department was called to an unspecified location to serve an outstanding warrant, said Port Lavaca Police Chief James Martinez.
Smith fled the scene in a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, exceeding speeds of about 100 miles per hour on U.S. Highway 87, Bryant said. Port Lavaca Police Department terminated the chase just outside of Jackson County to reduce the likelihood of an accident, Martinez said.
Surrounding agencies were notified, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the DPS picked up the chase near U.S. Highway 59 and Farm-to-Market 234 in El Toro when the vehicle was spotted, Bryant said.
Edna Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Office were able to spike the front two tires of the suspect's vehicle, causing him to eventually stop in the front yard of a private residence, where he shot himself in the head with a Arminius HW 38 six-shot revolver, Bryant said.
Smith's condition was not available Wednesday night.