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Wanted Haskell man captured in Dallas; bond set at $1 million

HASKELL COUNTY, Texas - A 49-year-old Haskell man wanted after allegedly leading law enforcement on a chase and starting a firefight early Sunday has been captured in Dallas.

Encarnaicio Ortiz Jr. is being held on $1 million bond in Dallas County Jail on an aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon charge.

A rapid-paced string of events led to Ortiz being sought and considered armed and dangerous.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a Haskell County game warden and Haskell police officer responded to the call for shots fired around 12:45 a.m. Sunday at a local bar.

The suspect, who was identified as Ortiz, wasn’t at the bar, but police found him driving his vehicle in north Haskell, according to a news release. When an officer attempted to pull him over, Ortiz fled.

The officer then tried to ram Ortiz’s vehicle to end the pursuit, and police say that’s when gunshots were exchanged. A news release didn’t say the officer was injured, but it wasn’t immediately known if Ortiz was struck.

Ortiz then drove away and fled on foot, according to TPWD. He was reportedly still on the loose Monday evening, and residents in the area were encouraged to call 911 if he was seen.

He was booked into jail at 11:24 p.m. Monday.

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After firing multiple shots inside a Haskell County bar, police say a 49-year-old man is still on the loose after leading law enforcement on a chase and starting a firefight early Sunday morning.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a Haskell County game warden and Haskell police officer responded to the call for shots fired around 12:45 a.m. Sunday at a local bar.

The suspect, who was identified as Encarnaicio Ortiz, Jr., wasn’t at the bar, but police found him driving his vehicle in north Haskell, according to a news release. When an officer attempted to pull him over, Ortiz fled.

The officer then tried to ram Ortiz’s vehicle to end the pursuit, and police say that’s when gunshots were exchanged. A news release didn’t say the officer was injured, but it’s unknown at this time if Ortiz was struck.

Ortiz then drove away and fled on foot, according to TPWD. He was reportedly still on the loose Monday evening, and residents in the area are encouraged to call 911 if he is seen. Police said not to approach Ortiz as he is armed and dangerous.

Police didn’t say what charges Ortiz may be facing.


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