A Walker County man suspected of being involved in multiple burglaries shot himself in the chest after a confrontation with law enforcement Tuesday afternoon.
Bryan Eugene Larson, 37, was taken by Life Flight to Herman Memorial Hospital in Houston with a single, self-inflected gunshot wound. He is listed in stable condition and expected to live, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Erik Burse.
The incident occurred after detectives with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office went to a location on Frank Cloud Road, north of the Horseshoe Lake community, to speak with Larson about a number of recent burglaries. After the interview, Larson got in a truck and left and the officers followed.
According to the police report, Larson stopped at the intersection of Frank Cloud and Otter roads and bailed out with a shotgun. Officers fired a single shot and Larson ran to the front of his vehicle.
The deputies then heard another shot and found Larson lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest.
“The detectives followed the suspect and they felt that something was going to happen,” Burse said. “He bailed out of his truck with a shotgun and they fired a single shot at him. Larson ducked in front of his truck and there was another shot.
“After the officers did not get a response to voice commands, they went to the truck and found Larson on the ground with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.”
Burse said that the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Rangers and Walker County Sheriff’s Office were investigating the incident.