LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Sheriff's deputies attempted to serve an aggravated assault warrant for a Lubbock County man at the intersection of 98th and Indiana, when the man fatally shot himself.
A warrant for Mark Stowe's arrest sheds some light on what happened, to make him take his own life.
It was around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning; Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputies were on the hunt for Stowe, a man they considered armed and dangerous. "Something was going to happen," said Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe.
Deputies followed Stowe in his red pickup truck southbound on Indiana, after witnesses said he was circling around his estranged wife's work. The deputies were able to box in his truck at the intersection of 98th and Indiana. "We choose to do that type of vehicle stop in order to maximize the safety of everyone there," said Rowe.
Before deputies could even approach the truck, Stowe shot himself in the head.
But what lead to this? On Tuesday, the Lubbock Sheriff's Office issued a felony aggravated assault warrant for Stowe. The warrant states that last Thursday Stowe was attempting to rekindle his relationship with his estranged wife. When she told him the relationship was over, he started choking her and threatening her with a shot gun.
He left the house, and the victim was able to get away. "It appeared it had some really potential serious ramifications to the victim involved in this, it was pretty evident that this individual had a plan and was going to be carrying something out," said Rowe.
The warrant also stated the victim received a call from Stowe's sister who told her that he was planning to attempt "suicide by cop".
Within the last few days, the victim received a text message from Stowe that read, "Till death do us part". "Obviously given his actions once we tried to get him into custody it would really appear he was looking to do something bad," said Rowe.
We're told 43-year-old Mark Stowe was a well known horse trainer in Lubbock County.
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