Hardin County manhunt ends with arrest, capital murder charges

A man who led Hardin County law enforcement on an hour-long manhunt earlier this week has been arrested and faces a number of related charges.

Jairus Andrew Brown was arrested shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday night in the 13000 block of Farm Road 770 near Saratoga, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis said in a news release.

“He is being transported to a local hospital for medical clearance and then we expect him to be brought to the Hardin County Jail later this evening. He will be formally charged and arraigned tomorrow morning,” he said. he said in the statement. “I have no further information at this time.”

As of Friday afternoon, Brown was in the Hardin County Jail facing multiple charges, including two counts of capital murder of a peace officer or firefighter, six counts of aggravated assault against a public official, evading arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a criminal and possession of a controlled substance. The amount of his bond was not available.

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The Sour Lake Police Department told The Enterprise on Friday that none of the officers were injured. However, Brown was injured, the police department confirmed.

The capital murder charges are related to an exchange of gunfire, according to the Sour Lake Police Department.

The agency thanked the Hardin County Constables Office Pct. 6, Kountze Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office SAU and TX DPS Texas Rangers for their assistance.

The hunt began Wednesday after Sour Lake police officers attempted to arrest Brown on outstanding warrants during a traffic stop. He reportedly backed away from the stop attempt before crashing the vehicle and running into the woods.

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