A driver who police say threatened an officer with a shotgun and led police on a high-speed chase Sunday has died.

Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Harpin Myers identified the man as 36-year-old Belton resident Mark Alan Love. Scott & White medical personnel pronounced Love dead Monday at an unspecified time, Myers said.

Love died as a result of injuries sustained when his white Chevrolet Trailblazer rolled over Sunday along U.S. Highway 190 near the Main Street exit in Nolanville.

The chase began after police in Harker Heights received a report of a felony theft at the Sprint Store in the Market Heights commercial development.

Police then learned that the suspect in the theft might be in the area of the Walmart in Killeen.

Officers from Harker Heights and Killeen were patrolling in the 1200 block of Bacon Ranch Road when they spotted a man later identified as Love armed with a shotgun.

Love threatened a Harker Heights officer and ran from police. He got into a Chevrolet Trailblazer and drove toward U.S. 190.

Love entered the highway and headed east. He exited the highway at Nola Ruth Boulevard, but got back on the highway after traveling a short distance on the frontage road.

As he approached Nolanville, Love swerved toward a Nolanville police officer at the Main Street exit.

Love’s car then rolled over, flipping repeatedly as it traveled across the highway into oncoming traffic and finally coming to a rest on the north side of the highway between the access road and U.S. Highway 190.

Emergency personnel needed to use the Jaws of Life to remove Love from the vehicle. He was then airlifted in critical condition to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553

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