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MORNING SHUTDOWN: Interstate 35 closed Tuesday following New Braunfels, San Marcos police pursuit
Northbound Interstate 35 was shut down for over an hour after a 37-year-old man led New Braunfels and San Marcos police on a pursuit Tuesday morning.
New Braunfels Police Department officers were called to a residence in the 1900 block of Palace Drive at approximately 5:50 a.m. for a disturbance involving an “emotionally disturbed male who was armed, had made threats to harm himself and witnesses were fearful he might also harm others,” said David Ferguson, City of New Braunfels communications coordinator. As police arrived at the scene, the man entered a vehicle and refused to stop for officers.
“Because he was armed and had possibly made threats of violence, officers pursued the vehicle onto I-35 North,” Ferguson said. “The vehicle eventually entered San Marcos Police Department jurisdiction and SMPD officers joined the pursuit.”
The car chase ended near exit 207 just passed Aquarena Springs Drive after the man was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Ferguson said a Hays County Justice of the Peace pronounced the man dead at the scene. No others injuries or damages were reported. Next of kin has been notified.
NBPD detectives and crime scene technicians are investigating the incident.