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DPS identifies man killed by Hays County SWAT team

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Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety have identified the man killed by Hays County SWAT officers last week as 22-year-old Jerry Paul Stovall, III.

Police said Stovall kidnapped his ex-girlfriend at her job in Bulverde early Friday morning. He then stole a police car and led several law enforcement agencies on a lengthy pursuit through Comal and Hays counties. According to San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams, the pursuit often hit speeds greater than 100 miles per hour.

About 90 minutes after police were first called, two of the stolen cruisers tires were destroyed by a spike strip laid on Interstate 35 in Kyle. The car came to stop about 10 miles away near the Caldwell County line.

From there, the Hays County SWAT team was called in to handle the situation.

Just after 3:15 a.m., Stovall threatened to kill his hostage and aimed his weapon at officers, prompting two of the SWAT members—both officers with the San Marcos Police Department—to fire one shot each, killing him.

The incident is being investigated by the Texas Rangers at the request of local law enforcement agencies.

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