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Comal County Sheriff's Office patrol car.

Authorities on Monday identified the 32-year-old man they said led area law officers on a chase through three counties early Saturday morning before Comal County deputies in San Antonio wounded him.

San Antonio police said Nicholas Ryan Norton suffered two gunshot wounds to the left and right arms and was being treated at San Antonio’s University Hospital.

Jennifer Smith, Comal County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said deputies dispatched to the far northeast end of the county began following the suspect vehicle around 1:52 a.m. Saturday

“We received a 9-1-1 call of a reckless driver headed southbound near the 198 mile marker on Interstate 35,” Smith said. “He was reported to be a white man driving erratically, swerving in and out of lanes at speeds up to 87 mph and into San Antonio Police Department’s jurisdiction."

SAPD Lt. Michelle Ramos said “officers were dispatched for a shooting in progress at the VIA bus terminal parking lot. Upon arrival and after further investigation, Comal sheriff’s deputies were involved in a chase that started in their jurisdiction and ended in our jurisdiction.”

Ramos said Norton almost struck one of CCSO’s deputies with his vehicle in the VIA terminal parking lot before he then began ramming his vehicle toward marked CCSO units. She said two CCSO deputies opened fire on the vehicle, with the suspect coming to a stop at the north end of the bus terminal lot in the 700 block of West Laurel Street.

Ramos said officers from both agencies wrapped two tourniquets around Norton’s arms until EMS units arrived. He was taken to University Hospital, where she said he was being treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Both departments had no further information Monday on Norton’s residence, condition, or if he was taken to another hospital or correctional facility. Smith said CCSO planned to book Norton by proxy with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, and one count of evading with a vehicle — all felony charges.

Smith said none of CCSO’s deputies were injured during the incident. SAPD’s criminal investigations and crime scene detectives are working the case, which Ramos said was “an ongoing investigation.”

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