Suspect uses gun in Courthouse following verdict

May 10—Walker County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting that occurred at the Courthouse around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

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According to Sheriff Clint McRae, an individual out on bond was convicted of two charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

"Before being transported to jail for the conviction, the suspect made claims that he seriously needed to us the restroom and was allowed to enter a stall in the men's room," Sheriff McRae said. "An officer remained in close proximity. At that time, the suspect was able to shoot himself in the right temple with a small caliber firearm."

He added that officers immediately breached the stall and began administering lifesaving procedures to the individual.

"The suspect was transported by ambulance to the airport where a Life-Flight was used to transport the patient to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe," Sheriff McRae said. "The condition of the suspect is unknown at this time."

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