Suspect in Texas shootings was Marine sought for questioning in N.C. homicide

Suspect in Texas shootings was Marine sought for questioning in N.C. homicide

May 27th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

EDEN, Texas - Officials say a Marine suspected in a string of West Texas shootings that left one person dead and five wounded was sought for questioning in a North Carolina homicide.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Cress at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, N.C., said Monday that the Marine was wanted for questioning in a homicide in nearby Jacksonville, N.C.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the man as 23-year-old Esteban J. Smith of the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.

In a statement Monday, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger says Smith later died in a gunfight with an agency trooper and a state game warden. Authorities say the Texas shootings seemed to be random.

One of the people injured was a sheriff who is hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds.