Police: Man dies from fall into ravine after running from wardens

Austin-Travis County EMS. (Frank Martinez/KXAN)
Austin-Travis County EMS. (Frank Martinez/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man died after falling into a ravine as he tried to escape from game wardens along the greenbelt on Wednesday, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said.

Wardens were chasing the man when a struggle ensued and they used pepper spray on him, said Mike Cox, a spokesperson for TPWD.

The man broke free and started running again before falling into the ravine.

Fire, EMS and STARFlight crews responded to 2825 Frate Barker Road, where a STARFlight crew member performed CPR on the person. The call came in shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Rescue medics were able to bring back the person’s pulse before airlifting him to the hospital. He was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he later died.

Officials were first called to the scene to investigate a report that two individuals were trespassing to dig into a known archaeological site that contains historic Indian artifacts. Digging for artifacts on public land is a class B misdemeanor.

The second man was arrested by the wardens.

Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation. Game wardens are fully commissioned state police officers.

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