EDGEWOOD, Texas (KETK) – A high speed chase that began in Edgewood ended in Forney, and according to police the driver is a suspect in an Edgewood murder on Friday. Officials have since identified the victim.
Wills Point PD and a Van Zandt County DA investigator said they observed a dispatched call from the Van Zandt County Sheriffs Office regarding a shooting and kidnapping inside the City of Edgewood had just occurred and the suspect was heading towards Highway 80.
Alyssa Beth Flores of Wills Point was found laying on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Downs Street, Edgewood, with multiple gunshot woods, according to Edgewood Police. EMS arrived on the scene and reported the victim had injuries incompatible with life, no pulse and not breathing.
A witness reported to officials, the suspect had removed an infant from the residence before fleeing. Officials say upon clearing the vehicle at the end of pursuit, a 5-month-old baby was recovered in the front passenger seat not restrained and appeared to be unharmed.
The infant was taken by Child Protective Services to a Dallas hospital to be evaluated.
The pursuit continued South on FM 2965 to Interstate 20, where the suspect then began traveling westbound at speeds over 120 mph. The chase continued at high rates of speed, passing vehicles on the shoulders and weaving in and out of traffic through Kaufman County.
A warrant for murder was signed with a bond of $1 million for Braylon Diamente Hicks of Forney.
“During an incident of this nature, lines on a map have no bearing on law enforcement response. Agencies in Van Zandt and Kaufman Counties responded in mutual aid to ensure the safety of our respective communities, apprehend the suspect and gather evidence.”Edgewood Police Department
The suspect continued into Forney and came to a stop just west of the Gateway Bridge. Officials say as soon as the suspect opened the driver door, it was apparent he had a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Officers immediately began rendering aid to the suspect who was later transported to Dallas area hospital and is expected to survive his injury.
While officers rendered aid to the suspect, other officers located the infant child, in the front passenger seat, unharmed. Infant was transported to a Dallas area hospital.
“We want to thank Van Zandt County District Attorney Office, Terrell Police Department, Forney Police Department, Kaufman County Sheriffs Office, Kaufman County Constables Office – Pct. 2, Van Zandt County Sheriff Office, Van Zandt County Constable Office – Pct. 3. and the Child Protective Services. This is a perfect example of team work, for the best available outcome of a horrible situation. Everyone please say a prayer for this child and the families of everyone involved. If you or anyone you know are a victim of Family Violence, please reach out and speak to someone. We will help any single way we can!!“Chief A. Long – Wills Point Police Department
The Van Zandt County Sheriff and Texas Rangers are conducted the on-scene investigation to the initial shooting due to Flores dying from her injuries.