Suspect shot dead in Bell County after leading police on pursuit, authorities say

It started when he fled from police and later fired a gun at deputies.

BELL COUNTY, TEXAS - Authorities have identified the person who died after leading police on a chase through Williamson County Oct. 12 and the deputy involved with the shooting.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said patrol received a call from Fort Hood jurisdiction to proceed with a welfare check around 1:20 p.m. regarding a man in a vehicle. He said the vehicle was spotted near Florence, Texas, and that officials deployed drones to check on the man's welfare. Sheriff Chody said the vehicle eventually took off westward down State Highway 195 toward Killeen.

Sheriff Chody reported that a chase ensued between officials and the suspect and speeds reached 110 mph. He said the chase ended when the man stopped at a private residence and exited the vehicle. A foot pursuit was initiated by officials from multiple enforcement agencies, during which the suspect fired at least one shot. DPS said Friday the suspect pointed the gun at officers before firing.

After returning fire, officials said the suspect went down and deputies conducted CPR until EMS arrived. DPS said they discovered the suspect had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The suspect was pronounced dead around 1:55 p.m. The suspect was identified by DPS on Friday as Alva Gwinn, 39, of Fort Hood.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody identified the deputy involved in the shooting as Jack Danford, who has been the with sheriff's office since 2005. He has been placed on an administrative assignment.

Officials said the welfare check may have initiated from a civil disturbance that was reported at some point Wednesday night between the man and a woman. Sheriff Chody said that her life may have been saved due to law enforcement's efforts.

Texas Rangers and Bell County officials are investigating the incident.

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