BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The suspect in a Bastrop County homicide is in the hospital with a life-threatening gunshot wound after the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office said he was involved in a police chase near College Station. The wound was self-inflicted, BCSO said.

Raul Caballero, 22, allegedly shot his girlfriend, 19-year-old Sofia Vera in the face, killing her. Her body was found by someone on FM-1704 in Bastrop County on December 30, BCSO said.

“My wife everyday would tell me that she was worried for her and I would tell her not to worry because she was probably with Anthony,” Abraham, Vera’s father said in Spanish. “After she was dead, Anthony would reply to the texts of my nephews like if she was answering.”

Sofia Vera
Sofia Vera (KXAN photo/Grace Reader)

The victim’s parents reported her missing and law enforcement said they believed Caballero was involved at that point. He is from the Bryan/College Station area, according to officials.

Investigators said they learned Caballero was using Vera’s cell phone and car. On Jan. 4, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The BCSO said when it served the warrant, there was a police chase involving several law enforcement agencies in the College Station area.

Caballero wrecked the victim’s vehicle, BCSO said, and when officers approached it, they found Caballero in the driver’s side with a gunshot wound to his head. As of Thursday, law enforcement said he was hospitalized with a life-threatening wound.

“Especially for the teens, the girls, be careful because what the parents feel is not pleasant,” Abraham said.

A family friend created a GoFundMe for Vera’s family. KXAN verified its legitimacy with GoFundMe.