Woman dies from stab wounds; suspect leads pursuit


A woman died Monday evening after being stabbed by an estranged boyfriend in the parking lot of a tanning salon in the 1000 block of Business U.S. 380 in Decatur.
The murder suspect fled the scene and led a pursuit from Decatur to north of Alvord. He crashed out around 8 p.m., hitting a tree in the median just north of County Road 2798 near Brushy Creek.
He was flown by Air Evac Lifeteam 68 to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with multiple self-inflicted stab wounds and a head injury.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said the man confronted the woman at Toast Your Bunz tanning salon. The two individuals had an altercation in the parking lot.
“He stabbed the woman and she got away. She went into the business and they locked it down and called the police,” Hoskins said. “He was still in the parking lot when officers arrived and took off. Officers chased him until where he wrecked out. He stabbed himself in the chase.”
The woman was transported by ambulance to Wise Health System where she died an hour later.
Names have not been released, pending notification of the next of kin.
Officers from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety assisted Decatur with the pursuit.
U.S. 81/287 was shut down for several minutes as the medical helicopter landed on the highway. Alvord firefighters assisted with the scene. The road was reopened around 9 p.m.

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