A possible self-inflicted gunshot is under investigation by the Temple Police Department, spokesman Chris Christoff said Tuesday.
A shooting was reported at 9:15 a.m. Monday in the 1900 block of South 49th Street, a Temple Police Department report said.
The caller told Temple Police the victim had a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim was still conscious when officers arrived, and he was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple for treatment, Christoff said.
The investigation is active.
Felon reportedly found with firearm
Officers made a traffic stop at about 2:14 a.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of South 24th Street, Christoff said. During the stop, the driver said he had a firearm with him.
Steven Ortiz, 25, is a convicted felon and isn’t allowed to have firearms. He was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and taken to the Bell County Jail for the third-degree felony offense, Christoff said.
Ortiz was last released from prison Jan. 17 after he completed his sentence for assault family/household member impeding breathing/circulation, a third-degree felony. Ortiz was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison that was changed to six years probation in the Bell County 426th District Court with Judge Fancy Jezek presiding.
Ortiz’s probation was revoked in August 2016 and he was sentenced to five years in prison, Texas Department of Public Safety criminal records showed. Ortiz’s other convictions were for misdemeanor offenses — filing a false report to a police officer, assault family violence and marijuana possession. He was also assessed substance abuse punishment in September 2016.
No bond was set by press time Tuesday.