A spokesman for the Houston Police Department has confirmed that a fugitive who was charged with attempted homicide in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend has died as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force found Joshua World, 29, at a home on Heritage Colony Drive in Webster. Officers surrounded the home and entered after they heard a gunshot fired. They found World's body and determined he had shot himself.
Houston police conducted an investigation into the shooting of Jeanette Ochoa, 26, at her home on North Hagerman Street near Suburban Street. The shooting was reported at around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Ochoa's ex-boyfriend, later identified as World, fired at least gunshot at her while she was moving into her new home. She was wounded and taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition. World ran away from Ochoa's home after the shooting, according to a statement released by the Houston Police Department.
Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitives Task Force tried to serve an arrest warrant to Joshua World, 29, at his apartment complex in League City on Sunday.
World fled from Houston police and U.S. Marshals at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and led them on a chase through League City, Dickinson, Webster and Friendswood, according to statements from League City Police Department and Harris County Sheriff's Office. During the chase, World fired gunshots toward authorities.
No officers were hurt as a result of the shooting and police later found his black GMC Denali at around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday behind a shopping center on Bay Area Boulevard near Glenwest Drive in Friendswood. One police car and several other vehicles were damaged during the chase.
Charges of attempted capital murder and aggravated assault were pending against World.