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A Liberty County Sheriff's Office deputy was shot in the throat at a veterinary clinic Wednesday morning after the alleged shooter opened fire at a separate business nearby, where one person was found dead, authorities told ABC13.
Officials say it all started at B Dependable Plumbing on Highway 321, where 65-year-old suspect Pavol Vido waited for two employees and then shot them.
There's no word on their conditions.
A secretary at the plumbing business was found dead inside the building.
Vido left the scene and pulled into the parking lot of Big Thicket Veterinary Clinic. Deputy Richard Whitten followed him, and the two got into a shootout.
Deputy Whitten was shot in the throat. He was flown to the Texas Medical Center in stable condition.
Capt. Ken DeFoor with the Liberty County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Whitten is alert and responsive.
Vido left the clinic in a white 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis and is currently at large. He is armed and dangerous.
According to preliminary information from officials, Vido was living in a metal container behind the plumbing business.
In the last month, the sheriff's office served Vido eviction papers.
The people who own the land where Vido was living are connected to the plumbing business, authorities say.
The man, identified as Pavol Vido, was found behind a house about mile and a half away from the deadly shooting at B Dependable plumbing, along FM 321. The 65-year-old man fatally shot himself, said Sgt. Erik Burse with the Texas Department of Public Safety, apparently just as authorities were closing in on him.