DPS identify shooter as Alan Alverson

The Department of Public Safety has released the name of the suspect killed in a shoot-out with law officers Wednesday afternoon, following a pursuit that ended with the suspect’s death and him killing a K-9 officer from the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

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Tony Fulton, public information officer with the DPS, said late Thursday, the suspect has been identified following an autopsy as Alan Lance Alverson, 45. His address was listed as Granbury and Bowie.

Bowie Police and Montague County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to stop Alverson Wednesday about 2:30 p.m. He was wanted on two felony warrants. He failed to stop and ran from police out U.S. 287. At one point when officer had him cornered in the car, he allegedly put a pistol outside the window and pointed it toward the cop’s vehicle.

The chase eventually led to Pickett Run Road south of Bowie, where Alverson jumped out of his vehicle and fled on foot.

Three DPS troopers and two Wise County Sheriff’s deputies and one canine pursued the man into the woods. He was tracked by the dog and when he was found, Alverson reportedly began shooting toward the officers.

Pepper, the canine officer was struck and died. Officers opened fire and killed Alverson.

The shooting incident is under investigation by the Texas Rangers. Pictured to the right, Alan Alverson. Pictured at the top, Pepper the Wise County Sheriff Canine Dog.