Authorities shot and killed a gunman who took a woman hostage from a Central Texas department store and fled with her, leading police on a chase through multiple counties.
"The suspect fired shots at Bulverde officers during the chase. He fired shots at Comal County officers. He fired shots at a San Marcos police officer."
This was the scene after the 22 year-old suspect crashed a stolen police cruiser at the intersection of HWY 21 and FM 2001 in
"We're very lucky, I think, that he didn't hurt or run over somebody or kill somebody," said San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams.
The chase started in Bulverde, in Comal County.
"He was driving at times, I believe...at speeds exceeding 100 miles an hour," said Williams.
As the suspect made his way through San Marcos, Kyle and into Caldwell County, police and sheriff's deputies joined in the pursuit.
Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler said, "When they spiked the tires, that was on 35 and he went...ten miles, probably ten miles with two of the tires blown out."
Authorities confirm the suspect had a violent criminal history, but he wasn't running from police alone.
"A young lady was abducted...at gunpoint," said Cutler.
A statement from Bulverde Police says at about 1 a.m. Friday an officer was dispatched to a Bealls department store in reference to a man with a gun taking an employee behind the building.
Williams said, "This is, as we understand it, an ex-boyfriend, girlfriend spat and he went to where she works."
Her co-workers at Bealls, who didn't want to go on camera, say she was quiet and had never talked about her ex.
According to Bulverde PD, the officer found the pair hiding behind a dumpster.
"It was a 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol," said Williams.
Bulverde Police say the suspect fired his gun at the officer. When he went to take cover, that's when the suspect pushed the victim into the cruiser, fleeing the scene.
"From that time, we went from a kidnapping, abduction to a barricaded, hostage situation," said Cutler. "When he was finally cornered there off Highway 21. He was threatening to kill the hostage."
After about 30 minutes of negotiating, two officers from a joint department SWAT team fired one round each into the suspect's head, killing him.
The Texas Rangers are taking the lead on the rest of the investigation.
Police are not releasing the name of the victim, we're told she is back home.
We'll know the identity of the suspect after authorities track down his next of kin.