Jail Escapee Shot and Killed at Bakersfield


An escapee from the Sutton County Jail was shot and killed Sunday, March 10th, by a Pecos County sheriff’s deputy at Bakersfield, about 107 miles west of Sonora on Interstate 10.

The suspect, said to be a jail trusty, escaped the Sutton County jail before stealing a car and leading officers on a chase through Sonora. The escapee then carjacked a female at a roadside park, according to a statement issued by Pecos County Sheriff T.J. Perkins.

Sheriff’s deputies and DPS troopers pursued the car westward on Interstate 10 until the subject got off of the Interstate at Bakersfield and went to the Exxon gas station where he attempted to take another car at gunpoint. That’s when he was shot by a Pecos County deputy sheriff.

The suspect was taken by ambulance to an Odessa hospital where he died of his wounds.

The Pecos County deputy was placed on administrative leave in accordance with Pecos County Sheriff’s Office policy.

The name of the deceased escapee has not been made public and Sutton County Sheriff DuWayne Castro has not issued a statement on the matter.

Neither has the name of the Pecos County Sheriff’s Office deputy been released.

The matter is being currently under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

The Devil’s River News will update this story as more information becomes available.