Fugitive engaged in shootout with law enforcement in Floresville before he was shot, Texas DPS says

Floresville High School was briefly on lockdown. Dozens of officers responded to the busy area, but authorities say only the suspect was hit.

FLORESVILLE, Texas — A wanted fugitive engaged in a shootout with law enforcement in a busy area near Floresville High School before he was shot by an officer, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Investigators said that only the suspect was hit by gunfire. Floresville High School was on lockdown Tuesday afternoon as the shooting unfolded, but the lockdown has since been lifted and dismissal operations resumed as usual, the district said. 

According to DPS, deputies from the Wilson County Sheriffs Office were tipped off about a 33-year-old male who had an active fugitive warrant. He was wanted for a probation violation in Guadalupe County. Deputies found him walking in the intersection of 181 and 97. They say the suspect attempted to evade law enforcement, walking south toward the high school before he began shooting at law enforcement with a handgun.

Wilson County deputies, Floresville police officers and Texas highway patrol all responded. Dozens of officers were involved. Investigators said there were four crime scenes being processed, including an area next to the H-E-B and a residential neighborhood behind it.

Investigators said officers shot the suspect multiple times, and he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He has not yet been identified.

The mayor of Floresville, Cecelia ‘Cissy’ Gonzalez-Dippel, confirmed that officers were involved in the shooting on Tuesday afternoon.

“The City of Floresville Police Department, in assisting the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, was involved in an officer involved shooting this afternoon. It is my understanding that an investigation is pending, and therefore I will withhold making a statement at this time,” the mayor said. “However, on behalf of the City of Floresville, I would like to inform the public that our prayers are with all the individuals who were involved in this incident.”

KENS 5 is working to learn more. This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is received. 

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