DEL VALLE - A man kidnapped and fatally shot a woman in Del Valle Wednesday before shooting and critically injuring himself, TCSO confirmed.
TCSO identified the victim as 26-year-old Ibeth Aurora Lopez of Elgin.
According to the Bastrop Police Department, officers were called to Sports Clips on Highway 71 at 1:30 p.m. on reports of a disturbance in progress. Officers were told that a man had entered the business and demanded that Lopez, who worked there, leave with him. The suspect knew Lopez. She repeatedly refused until the suspect displayed a handgun. Lopez then complied and left with the suspect.
Lopez and the suspect left in a vehicle driving westbound on SH 71, Bastrop PD said.
During that time, TCSO deputies were blocking Hwy 71 for a Del Valle student protest. As the suspect and victim approached the roadblock, the suspect turned onto Burch Road.
A deputy saw the vehicle parked with the doors open. Another deputy and trainee saw the man and Lopez walking down the road. As deputies approached, the man fatally shot Lopez. Deputies opened fire on the suspect and at the same time he shot himself in the head. It is not yet clear if any of the deputies' shots struck the suspect, TCSO said.
ATCEMS said the suspect was transported to St David's South Austin hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries.
Crystal Jaramillo, Lopez's sister-in-law, said that the suspect was Lopez's ex-boyfriend. She said he had been harassing Lopez and that Lopez had filed complaints with police but was told that they could not do anything until he was "caught in the act."
Jaramillo said that Lopez and the suspect had broken up roughly two years ago but he continued to show up at her jobs and unannounced at the family home.
Lopez leaves behind an 8-year-old daughter who is not related to the suspect, according to Jaramillo.
"She was a hardworking single mom. She had two jobs this past holiday season. Always did her best for her daughter. She will be terribly missed," Jaramillo said.
Lopez also worked at the Creative World Learning Center in Manor.
TCSO has not identified the suspect. He remained in the hospital Thursday evening.
Scott Perry, spokesperson for Sport Clips Haircuts, released the following statement on behalf of the business:
"We are saddened by this tragedy and are greatly concerned for those who were impacted. Our team members are very important to us and we have reached out to them and are confident they are being cared for and are in good hands. We offer counseling services and additional support as needed. We are working with authorities and out of respect for all team members, clients and family members, we will reopen Friday so that we may serve our clients in the comfortable atmosphere they have come to expect."
The incident is being investigated as a Capital Murder case.
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