Pursuit in Wimberley turns into officer-involved shooting in Dripping Springs

A law enforcement pursuit in Wimberley turned into an officer-involved shooting in Dripping Springs on August 20.

The suspect who led Hay County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Department of Public Safety trooper on the pursuit was pronounced dead at a local hospital later in the day.

Nathan Harringon (Hays County Sheriff's Office)


Officials say the delay in releasing the identity of 43-year-old Nathan Harrington was due to difficulty in locating and notifying Harrington's next of kin.

Harrington had an extensive criminal history that included multiple felony drug arrests, evading, and weapons arrests.

A deputy injured during the pursuit was treated and released with minor injuries to one of his legs and arms. The deputy's injuries were sustained from the vehicle collision during the pursuit with Harrington and not due to being shot.


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The Hays County Sheriff's Office says that deputies responded to an Exxon on Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley for a possible suicidal subject. Deputies later learned that the person, identified as Harrington, had stolen a vehicle and was headed north towards Dripping Springs.

Deputies and Texas DPS troopers caught up with the vehicle and initiated a pursuit. HCSO says the vehicle turned east on FM 150 at Phillips Cemetery and was stopped by a pursuit immobilization technique.

HCSO says when the vehicle was stopped, Harrington began firing at deputies and DPS. Officers returned fire and Harrington was hit.

HCSO says it will conduct a joint investigation into the incident with the Texas Rangers.

If you believe you have information regarding this case contact the Hays County Sheriff's Office at 512-393-7896 and speak with the Criminal Investigations Division or you may contact the Hays County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477).

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