Shooting investigation

Bell County detectives investigate a shooting that occurred near the Interstate 35 access road south of Hill Road.

Authorities are investigating an Interstate 35 shooting in which a suspect later killed himself during a standoff with Milam County deputies.

The shooting of a man occurred about 1:30 p.m. Friday on southbound I-35 near the Hill Road intersection not far from the Bell-Williamson county line.

The victim — shot in the head near his left ear— was talking and conscious when he was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple, said Maj. T.J. Cruz of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect in the shooting — identified as 26-year-old Jeremy Elmore — shot and killed himself late Friday afternoon during a standoff with Milam County deputies, Sheriff Chris White said.

Bell County Sheriff’s Department had identified Elmore as a suspect and had a tip he might head for an address in the 17700 block of northbound FM 486 in Milam County, Cruz said.

Milam County was notified, and deputies located Elmore on FM 486. The suspect failed to yield to the deputies but then pulled over, White said.

Elmore refused to obey commands, pulled out a gun and shot himself as several deputies watched, White said.

Cameron Independent School District was on a soft lockdown during the search for the suspect in Milam County.

Investigators were processing the scene Friday evening, White said. The Texas Rangers, although involved in the search, turned the case over to the Milam County Sheriff’s Office, White said.

Meanwhile, detectives with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department were at the scene of the I-35 shooting Friday.

Elmore and the victim knew each other and argued before Elmore allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the victim, Cruz said.

The shooting occurred on a piece of property off the I-35 service road, Cruz said. It did not appear to be a road rage incident at this time.

 “It’s probably going to be a long night,” Cruz said. “Investigators are on the scene now and are interviewing witnesses.”