Four Officers Injured, Brenham Suspect Dead Following Chase

A high speed chase through Montgomery and Walker counties Thursday left four law enforcement officers injured and a Brenham suspect on life support.

The chase started near on FM 1097 near Willis where Montgomery County deputies were alerted to a suspicious truck.

Authorities say the suspect, Casey Brunette, 21, of Brenham shot out of the back window of his pickup and fired at Montgomery County deputies as he led them up I-45 into Walker County. Officials said he shot at law enforcement vehicles several times during the pursuit.

The suspect hit a citizen's vehicle in Huntsville before the chase ended in a rock quarry at the end of 16th street in Huntsville. Brunette rammed a deputy's car and exchanged gunfire with officers, according to Montgomery County Sherriff's officials.

Four deputies were taken to the hospital. Three Montgomery County deputies received minor injuries and were treated and released from a local hospital. One officer was seriously injured from shattered glass in his eyes.

Brunette was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where he was Life Flighted to Herman Hospital in Houston. Montgomery County Sheriff's officials said Thursday night that Brunette was pronounced dead at the hospital. However, family members told News Three the Brenham man was on life support. Family members said he was taken off life support and pronounced dead on Friday.

Officials with the Department of Public Safety say they believe Brunette died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but an autopsy will be conducted. The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

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