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Man flees warden, dies after 60 ft fall

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says a man who ran away from a game warden has died from his injuries after falling 60 feet down a ravine in South Austin.

The man was trying to dig for archeological artifacts on city property according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesperson Mike Cox. Around 10:20 Wednesday morning the game warden received a tip that two men were trespassing in an area that backs up to Bear Creek Park off of Frate Barker road.

Cox says when the warden arrived he found the two men. One was taken into custody and the other resisted arrest and took off.

Initially Cox said pepper spray was use but that's a detail he wouldn't discuss further. The man ran way and at some point fell down a ravine. AFD had to move the man from the green belt area so he could be loaded into the helicopter.

He died at UMC-Brackenridge a few hours after the fall.

The Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation at the request of the parks department.

The city of Austin uses the land for water quality control. The 80 acres are blocked by a gate. Throughout the afternoon investigators and detectives drove in and out of the property.

Neighbor Howard Nichols lives in the area and says he's had to call authorities before on trespassers.

"From time to time we see people but it's mostly kids who toss their bikes over the fence," said Nichols.

Cox says this isn't the first report of illegally digging wardens have responded to at this location.

"Digging for artifacts on public land is a class b misdemeanor and this is the second case game wardens have worked since last October," said Cox.

The names of the man who died and the other man in custody have not been released yet.

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