Suspect found dead after allegedly killing woman, shooting deputy and 2 others in Liberty County

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CLEVELAND, Texas — A man accused of shooting four people, including a Liberty County sheriff’s deputy, is dead after taking his own life Wednesday while being confronted by law enforcement.

The suspect has been identified as Pavol Vido, 65.

Investigators said the alleged gunman killed one woman and injured two men inside the B Dependable Pluming in on Highway 321 in Cleveland, Texas.

Deputy Richard Whitten was first to respond to the call about 7 a.m. as the suspect was leaving the scene. The officer and Vido exchanged gunfire, and Whitten was shot in the neck area. The suspect then fled the scene in a 2004 white Grand Marquee, which was found a banded a couple hours later.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said Whitten is in stable condition and remains in the hospital as of Thursday.

Multiple law enforcement agencies— including Texas DPS, Cleveland Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and others— teamed up to search for Vido. Through the efforts of a canine unit, authorities found the suspect hiding in a boat within hours.

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When confronted by officials, investigators said the suspect fatally shot himself with a handgun.

The names of the two other injured men and the woman killed have not been released.

The motive for the shootings is unclear.



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