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November 30, 2012

Sheriff's report: Bank ATM damaged in theft attempt

PARKER COUNTY — A vehicle reported stolen out of Weatherford was reportedly found as deputies sought suspects involved in an attempted ATM theft at the Cool Banking Center, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a theft in progress call from the bank in the 9000 block of Mineral Wells Highway in Cool shortly before 4 a.m. Nov. 23, call records indicate.

The complainant advised that suspects in a vehicle were attempting to take the ATM, according to the sheriff’s office.

They were unable to do so but damaged it.

The vehicle reportedly headed north on Farm-to-Market Road 113 before returning to the bank parking lot and then traveling eastbound on Mineral Wells Highway.

A deputy attempting to catch up with the vehicle found a business truck that had been previously reported stolen abandoned and still running on Newberry Road near the railroad tracks, spokeswoman Deputy Danie Huffman said.

A crime scene investigator with the sheriff’s office worked the scene, according to Huffman.

Wounded pursuit suspect arrested

A man deputies say was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound following a high speed pursuit through Parker County earlier this month was arrested Saturday on a warrant.

Robert Gatlin Burns, 35, was charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and posted a $7,500 bond Saturday.

Deputies responded to a call regarding an armed subject in the 200 block of Wonder Drive in Reno shortly after 8:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Huffman told the Democrat at the time.

The man in a white Ford pickup appeared to have a rifle pointed toward his head, according to the sheriff’s office.

“He apparently put up clothing or something to block the view of deputies,” Huffman said, who added deputies were positioned 20 yards away from the man for officer safety.

After a period of time, the man began driving away, followed by deputies.

The pursuit on several roads in northeast Parker County reached speeds of 80 mph, according to the sheriff’s office.

The pursuit ended in the 100 block of Finneyoaks Lane, a dead end road in unincorporated Parker County.

Deputies, using a spotlight, saw the man appear to lay down in the vehicle and then extracted the man from the driver’s side of the vehicle.

While handcuffing the man and checking him for weapons, deputies noticed blood on his shirt in the left chest area due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the sheriff’s office reported.

LifeCare made scene and transported the man to a downtown Fort Worth hospital, where he was later reportedly transferred to ICU.

Officers took possession of a .22-caliber rifle as evidence, according to Huffman.

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