Police continue to be in pursuit of a man – now identified as 29-year-old Kenneth William Shults – who was involved in a two-county, high-speed car chase Tuesday night.
According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Shults is to be considered armed, dangerous and possibly suicidal.
Shults is a convicted felon and is currently wanted by Taylor County for aggravated robbery and aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon. His bonds total $150,000.
Law enforcement have been trying to track down and arrest Shults since Sunday.
Earlier Wednesday, at 8:40 a.m., the Department of Public Safety and Taylor County Sheriff's Office entered the Hamby Volunteer Fire Department -- with automatic weapons drawn -- in search of Shults.
Minutes later, authorities said a gold Malibu that Shults allegedly stole, had been located in the vicinity of the Hamby fire department. The search then continued to a number of nearby residences.
Shults, which scanner traffic indicated has disguised his face with military-style makeup, still hasn't been caught.
Early Sunday, Shults is “believed to have robbed a patron of a north Abilene game room, taking the man’s pickup and cell phone at gunpoint, when the victim could not come up with any money,” a sheriff’s office news release said.
That robbery, authorities said, took place north of Abilene in Taylor County. The victim reportedly escaped by jumping a fence and running into a field.
The pursuit led to a convenience store at 4600 Pine Street, where Shults abandoned the victim’s vehicle and sped away on a Harley Davidson motorcycle. It struck the open door of a patrol unit.
“In addition, a deputy narrowly escaped injury by jumping from the path of the motorcycle,” the release said. “After a lengthy chase, Shults escaped on the motorcycle in southern Shackleford County.”
At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office received information that Shults was hiding in a house in southwest Abilene.
“Deputies and narcotics agents established surveillance on the house,” the release said. “Before the information could be confirmed, Shults jumped into a red Chevrolet pickup, driven by an unidentified man, and sped away.”
This chase led deputies to a rural area of southern Shackelford County, where the driver wrecked the pickup, and two occupants ran into the brush in a sparsely populated area. The driver’s identity has not yet been confirmed.
The Abilene Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Callahan County Sheriff’s Department, and Taylor County Constable’s Office joined in the search.
“Neither man was located – and the search was suspended until daylight (Wednesday),” the release said.
Authorities were told Shults was responsible for another home invasion robbery – in southern Shackleford County – in which he broke into a relative’s home and took her car at gunpoint.
“The public is asked to remain alert and cautious until Shults is apprehended,” the release said. “ He should be considered armed, dangerous, and possibly suicidal.”
If seen, please contact the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office – immediately. Anyone with information can also contact Crime Stoppers at 325-676-8477 and remain anonymous.
Authorities are currently in pursuit of at least one of possibly two people who led them on a high-speed chase through two counties Tuesday night.
The suggest the man left in a 2012 gold-colored Chevy Malibu around 8 a.m.
At 8:40 a.m., the Department of Public Safety and Taylor County Sheriff's Office entered the Hamby Volunteer Fire Department -- with automatic weapons drawn -- in search of the suspect.
Minutes later, authorities said the gold Malibu had been located in the vicinity of the Hamby fire department.
The search then continued to a number of nearby residences.