Man wanted on sexual assault charges dies from self-inflicted gunshot, report police

Man wanted on sexual assault charges dies from self-inflicted gunshot, report police

A Richmond, Texas man wanted on charges of continuous aggravated sexual assault died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being stopped by officers at the Travel Inn at 2690 Interstate 10 East in Beaumont following a vehicular pursuit of the armed suspect, reports Beaumont Police Department (BPD) Sgt. Cody Guedry. 

According to a news release from BPD, the Vidor Police Department called at about 10:21 p.m. on Jan. 19 in reference to assisting them in the pursuit of an armed suspect who was traveling eastbound on I-10 toward the City of Beaumont near the Neches River Bridge. An "Officers Safety Bulletin" was issued earlier in the evening in reference to the suspect's vehicle advising that the suspect, identified by police as 38-year-old Ross Harvey Williams, was armed and wanted by police. 

Officers reportedly spotted Williams' vehicle on the interstate and activated their emergency lights to stop him. Williams then exited at 11th street and pulled into the Travel Inn motel parking lot. That's when officers say they heard a single gunshot fired from inside the suspect vehicle.

Officers used an "air pressure launching system" to break the windows of the suspect vehicle to get a better view inside. They then approached and manually broke the window remnants, at which time they noticed Williams had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased on scene.

Officers never fired a shot, Guedry stated in the release, and no one else was injured. 

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