Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect Kills Self in Texas

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect Kills Self in Texas

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A Hilliard man with a self-professed death wish fulfilled it

yesterday when he shot and killed himself after robbing a West

Texas bank, police said.

Thomas Ray Broyles Jr. was want ed by Jack sonville po lice

in two bank robber ies, and had been running from the law for

almost two months.

Broyles' father said last month his son had a sawed-off shotgun

and indicated to him in letters that he wouldn't be taken alive.

The elder Broyles said he hoped his son would turn himself in

and get help so he could raise his two sons.

But Broyles' life on the lam came to a bloody end in the Texas

Panhandle yesterday when he shot himself in the head with a 9mm

handgun after flipping his getaway truck.

Broyles robbed a bank in Amarillo about noon yesterday but

things went wrong when a dye pack exploded on him and the money,

Amarillo police said. Broyles threw money out of the truck in

the bank parking lot, and police said some people scooped up the

money and ran.

Broyles was followed by a motorist who tried to flag down

police but eventually alerted a highway worker when he realized

the batteries in his cellular phone were dead. Broyles

discovered he was being followed and sped off, police said.

Broyles drove about 45 miles south through a mostly rural area

on Interstate 27 when he was intercepted by Swisher County

deputies near Tulia. The officers followed Broyles without

emergency lights, but Broyles tried to make a quick turn and

flipped his getaway truck in a culvert.

"I don't think he was ever chased, but he knew exactly who we

were," said Swisher County Sheriff Larry Stewart.

A Texas woman who was in the truck with Broyles began

screaming, begging to be let out of the overturned truck,

Stewart said. Then, suddenly, police heard a single gunshot and

the woman screamed again to be let out of the truck. …

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