By Jen Kastner
ANDREWS- Troopers from the Department of Public Safety, Police Department, Sheriff's Office, Fire Department and Texas Rangers swarmed the city of Andrews on Sunday afternoon.
It all came after 36 year-old Earney Lee Maker led officers on a high-speed chase all the way from Midland.
DPS Troopers said it all started in Midland when officers made a house-call responding to a welfare check for a potentially suicidal man with a gun.
When they got to the house, he wasn't there, but they learned he was nearby. When they went looking for him, they found him in his Chevy S-10 at Garfield and Front. He drove through a red light, speeding away from cops. The pursuit then began.
DPS Trooper John Barton says, "Due to the driver's lack of regard for the safety of the public and the way he was driving, shots were fired in an attempt to disable the vehicle."
Still, they had no luck. In Gardendale, spikes were laid out. Maker avoided them. Along the way, there were reports Maker tried ramming into cars blocking his path. He continued on Highway 385 into Andrews. There, officers tried again to stop him with spikes and shots, but he continued onto Mustang Drive.
Trooper Barton adds, "Right around Mustang Drive and 385, the driver made a delivered attempt to strike an Andrews Police Department officer and then he headed west on Mustang which is probably a quarter of a mile area."
Once on Mustang Drive, he swerved into and struck a DPS car.
Andrews resident, James Baker, said, "All of a sudden we see all these cops and highway patrol, [officers from] the city and Odessa and Midland and a little green S-10 turning the corner and as he turned he had two left tires flat and he went out a little further and all we heard was 15 to 20 gunshots and then another 15 to 20 gunshots."
Officers had opened fire.
"They just started shooting and all that and they didn't let anyone get closer," Andrews resident, Joel Cuevas, said.
Maker was then taken into custody and transported to Permian Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Once law enforcement secured his truck, they reportedly found a weapon inside.
Texas Rangers are in charge of the crime scene and will be investigating the incident.
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