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Man hurt after shooting gun at deputies near Sanger

A Denton County man with an extensive arrest record was back in custody Thursday after firing several rounds at a sheriff's deputy, but then running out of ammunition, authorities said.

Ronnie Lee Nash, 31, was being treated at Denton Regional Medical Center for slashes on his arm, said Tom Reedy, sheriff's spokesman.

He was arrested around 8:15 a.m. at a trailer park in the 900 block of Doc Holiday Road, east of Sanger in northern Denton County, Reedy said.

Officials earlier thought Nash's injuries were from a deputy's bullet.

"But now," Reedy said, "it appears that they are knife wounds, possibly self-inflicted."

Nash was expected to be taken to the county jail to faces charges of attempted capital murder for allegedly shooting at the deputy and assault-family violence, Reedy said.

Deputies and Sanger police were called at 8:05 a.m. to a disturbance at the trailer park in the 900 block of Doc Holiday Road.

A caller said a man and a 35-year-old woman were arguing, Reedy said.

"There was a lot of yelling and waving a gun around," he said. "We sent deputies out there."

Nash reportedly retreated to a travel trailer parked behind a mobile home. The first deputy arrived on scene and Nash told him to come on in, Reedy said.

"But when he came close, (Nash) pulled a gun and started shooting," Reedy said.

Rounds from a .380 pistol hit the patrol car, and the deputy returned fire, Reedy said.

"(Nash) would come out, shoot one or two rounds, go back in, then come out and shoot two more rounds," Reedy said.

This pattern continued until Nash's gun was empty, Reedy said. He then tossed out the gun and was taken into custody.

"None of our guys were hurt," Reedy said. "By 8:15 a.m. it was all over with."

The woman was being treated for a broken foot at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, Reedy said.

Denton County records show that Nash has been arrested several times since 1998 for various charges, including driving while license suspended, manufacture and delivery of controlled substance, assault-family violence, fleeing police, unlawful carrying of a weapon and motion to revoke probation.