GATESVILLE — A Gatesville man who fled police after a woman was shot at her Arnett home Wednesday died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast in the chest after being stopped by officers near Fort Gates, Coryell County Sheriff Johnny Burks said.
Franklin Wayne Ingram, 37, shot himself with a 12-gauge shotgun when confronted by police behind a liquor store on Gateway Circle near State Highway 36, Burks said.
Ingram died at the scene. An autopsy was ordered.
Amber Suggs, 37, of Arnett, was taken to a Temple hospital for treatment of shotgun wounds that Burks said were not believed life-threatening.
Suggs called the sheriff’s department at 9:12 a.m. Wednesday and said she had been shot at her home at in the 700 block of Farm-to-Market 930, Burks said. When deputies arrived at the home, Suggs identified Ingram as her assailant and said he might be driving a red Jeep Wrangler to a residence near Flat.
With the gunman believed to be driving through Gatesville, investigators contacted Gatesville Police Chief Nathan Gohlke and recommended Gatesville schools be locked down.
Superintendent Stewart Speer, who heard the police radio communication on a digital scanner, said he ordered the schools locked down at 10:06 a.m. after talking to Gohlke by phone.
The school lockdown was lifted a half-hour later after Speer got word from police the situation was under control.
A sheriff’s department investigator driving toward Flat spotted a Jeep Wrangler entering Fort Gates from the south, Burks said. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver turned onto Gateway Circle and pulled behind a liquor store.
The sheriff’s investigator called for backup and got out of his vehicle. The suspect got out of his vehicle carrying a shotgun. Gatesville police officers arrived to assist.
After the investigator ordered the suspect to drop his weapon several times, the man turned the gun on himself and shot once in the chest, Burks said.
“We are going to sit down and try to figure out the motive,” Burks said Wednesday. “We are still sorting it out.”