CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - First gunfire, then a police chase, followed an all out manhunt - and the suspects are still at large. Cherokee County authorities are still hashing through the details, but they say it all started with some sort of disturbance at a home in the Reklaw area. It ended a few miles on the other side of the Nacogdoches County line.
Deputies and police are still piecing together the evidence, but they say that after the disturbance, at least two people took off in an SUV. Then, two more people took off after them in another car. Authorities say the driver of a green Ford Expedition rolled into the Rusk city limits around 10 p.m. Thursday night. One of its tires had been blown out and the tailgate was littered with bullet holes. The driver told police they were hit and shot at by the people in that second car all the way down Highway 84.
Officers heard about the chase and were waiting for both cars. They managed to stop the SUV, but the suspects in the second car took off down County Road 1201. Of course, that is when the other chase began.
"One sheriff's deputy and one police officer chased the car into Nacogdoches County about four miles," said Chief Joe Evans, with the Rusk Police Department. "The two suspects bailed out and ran into the woods. TDC brought the dogs, but they were unsuccessful in tracking them last night."
The two suspects have been identified in the shooting, but their names are not being released at this time. Their arrest warrants are still pending.