Jefferson County chase ends in Baytown shootout, deputies on administrative leave

Published 7:34 pm Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies are on administrative leave per department policy following a shooting that left a suspect dead.

The deputies were responding to a chase where a suspect fled from the county into Baytown.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation.

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The name of the deceased has not been released as of Tuesday night.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop a black Mercedes SUV that was traveling west on Interstate 10 at mile marker 840 on a traffic violation at 8:49 a.m. Nov. 22, according to a press release from the JSCO. The suspect fled with deputies in pursuit into Chambers County. Chambers County sheriff’s deputies, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Baytown Police joined in the chase and a sheriff’s helicopter in the area on patrol was able to maintain communications during the pursuit.

When the pursuit entered Baytown, Baytown Police attempted to spike the vehicle at Garth and I-10. When police attempted to spike the vehicle, the suspect attempted to strike the officer.

The suspect wrecked his vehicle at Main and I-10 in Baytown.

The suspect then exchanged gunfire with several officers on scene including Jefferson County deputies. The suspect was struck and died from his injuries.

No law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident.

At this time law enforcement do not know why the driver fled and the incident is under investigation.