Child rape suspect shoots himself after deputies stop vehicle near Okanogan

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CHELAN- A suspect wanted by Texas Marshals on a warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child out of Texas was spotted early this morning in the Chelan area, possibly heading north toward the Canadian border according to officials.

The 32-year-old suspect was considered armed, and at 8:10 a.m. deputies from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and officers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife spotted the vehicle on Highway 97 according to a press release.

The suspect vehicle, a 2015 Jeep Wrangler with Texas plates, was spotted near the south access into Okanogan on Highway 97.

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Deputies initiated the stop and the driver of the vehicle ignored the orders from authorities on scene after slowly coming to a stop, according to a press release.

Three minutes after the stop, the suspect shot himself in the head with a pistol.

The suspect, identified as Eric A. Morgenroth of Texas, was transported to Mid-Valley Hospital where he died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

There was no one else in the suspect vehicle and Morgenroth did not point his weapon at the deputies or officers on scene.