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Ferris chase ends in shoot-out

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SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - A 38-year-old man remains in critical condition at Parkland Hospital after being shot by an Ellis County Sheriff's deputy Friday afternoon.

Officials said the unidentified man became very agitated after a Child Protective Services worker and sheriff's deputy arrived in the 100 block of Diane Street to investigate an alleged sexual assault about 5:20 p.m.

The man went back into the home returning minutes later with a gun before taking off in a black Suzuki sport utility vehicle as he lead police on high speed chase eastbound along Farm to Market Road 780.

Ferris police officers blocked off Diane Road from the back as sheriff officials tried to arrest the man.

In the 2400 block of FM 780, the suspect left the road and led Ferris and county police vehicles through a north-of-the-highway field before attempting to get back on the road to head westbound, according to officers.

Ferris Police Chief R.C. Nettles said the man threatened the officers by pointing his weapon at their vehicles.

It was not confirmed if the man ever fired his gun.

'A deputy coming from 660 and 780 tried to get the suspect to pull over and the man tried to run over the sheriff's deputy,' Deputy Chief Charles Sullins said.

'Shots were fired by the sheriff's deputy and the suspect was hit by the gunfire.'

Parkland Hospital officials said the suspect was quadriplegic and could remain paralyzed for the rest of his life.

The Texas Rangers were investigating the case.

The deputy who shot the suspect had been placed on administrative duties pending the investigation's outcome.

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