Landon Neal Benson is still recovering. (Source: Wood County)
Officers taped off the scene after the chase ended. (Source: KLTV News staff)
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -
Authorities have identified the suspect who was involved in a high-speed chase across two East Texas counties on Monday evening.
According to police, Landon Neal Benson, a Winnsboro resident, was trying to kick in a door at a home on North Highway 37 between Quitman and Winnsboro. A witness told police that after Benson was unable to get into the home, he shot into a building at the residence.
A Wood County deputy found benson and tried to stop him. Benson fled and a chase began. The pursuit ended after the suspect rammed the deputy's car and then pulled out a pistol. Benson was shot by police and airlifted to Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler where he is in critical condition.
Police say several grams of methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia were located on Benson and in his vehicle.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting.
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