Series of standoffs in Dilley ends with man hospitalized after shooting, police say

The man is believed to be involved in a homicide in Pearsall, according to officials

DILLEY, Texas – A series of standoffs in Dilley Sunday afternoon has come to an end, resulting in a man being hospitalized from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Dilley police.

“The impact that something like this has on a small town is long lasting,” Sergeant Adrian Ruiz with Dilley PD said.

The incident began at the man’s residence on Merle Street in Dilley. Frio County deputies located the man, who is believed to be involved in a homicide in Pearsall, in his vehicle, but he refused to exit.

Following a short standoff, the man then took off in his vehicle, attempting to evade officers.

Police said the man then came to a stop on Kinsel Street and another short standoff ensued. During the standoff, Texas Rangers tried to make contact with the man on the phone but were unsuccessful.

Moments later, the man sped off in his vehicle again, but he ran over spike strips in the road that were set up by police. A short chase ensued and the man then drove off the road on Highway 85, just south of Houston Street, police said.

“The Texas Ranger was speaking with him, the sheriff’s deputies were also speaking with him trying to get him to peacefully get out so we could resolve the situation,” Sgt. Ruiz explained.

Just a short while later, police said they heard a gunshot from inside of the man’s vehicle. When officers approached, they found the man was injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers tried to do CPR on the man before he was rushed by EMS to an area hospital, according to Dilley PD.

”For a tragedy like this to strike our small community, our officers will be very diligent in making sure the community is aware that we are here to protect them and do the best we can,” Sgt. Ruiz said.

“Please keep all of the families involved in your thoughts. We mourn as a community during senseless tragedies,” Dilley Police Chief Homer said in a release.

This is a developing story and we’ll bring more updates as they become available.

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