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Man accused of killing woman, kidnapping her infant in Van Zandt County identified

The infant appeared to be unharmed and was taken by Child Protective Services to a Dallas hospital for evaluation.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas — The Edgewood Police Department has released the name of the man accused of killing a woman, kidnapping her infant and leading police on a high speed chase last Friday. 

Braylon Diamente Hicks, of Forney, is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of Alyssa Beth Flores, of Wills Point. 

After a lengthy high speed chase Friday, Hicks shot himself in the head and is currently in a Dallas hospital. He has not been arrested yet. 

Police said officers responded to the 400 block of Downs Street in Edgewood regarding shots fired. Flores was pronounced dead on the scene and police said a 5-month-old was taken from the scene. 

They received a description of the vehicle involved in the shooting while enroute. 

A Van Zandt County District Attorney's Office investigator and Wills Point officer saw the vehicle moving westbound on Highway 80. After trying to make a traffic stop, police said Hicks' vehicle accelerated. 

During the pursuit, officers attempted to stop the suspect, but the pursuit continued south on FM 2965 to Interstate 20. Police said he then drove west bound at over 120 mph, passing vehicles on the shoulders and weaving in and out of traffic.

Edgewood police said the suspect vehicle took the Spur exit toward Terrell/Forney. Other agencies joined the pursuit, which ended on Highway 80 east of gateway bridge after spikes were deployed.  

When Hicks got out of the vehicle, officers discovered he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  

Law enforcement found the 5-month-old child who was taken from the Edgewood shooting in his vehicle. The child was not in a safety seat. The infant appeared to be unharmed and was taken by Child Protective Services to a Dallas hospital for evaluation, police said.

An autopsy will be performed in Dallas and a warrant for murder was signed by a local judge with a $1 million bond. 

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