Sheriff Larry Busby said a call came in from a citizen reporting kids speeding around 7:59 a.m.
“The officers figured they were smugglers,” Busby said. “And they were in two stolen vehicles.”
The stolen vehicles were reported missing from Duval County and Jim Wells County – a blue 2002 Ford pickup and a red 2003 Ford pickup, respectively.
Officers waited at the county line on Interstate 37 in South Live Oak County, but the suspects eluded police several times.
The speed limit there is 75 mph.
A second call at 11:58 a.m. reported the suspects near County Road 215 and Jones Road.
Officers recovered the two stolen vehicles, a 12-gauge shotgun and a 20 gauge shotgun.
Guns missing included a .38 caliber handgun and a .22 caliber.
One officer called in and reported seeing six to eight suspects, believed to be undocumented immigrants.
A Corpus-Christi based Department of Public Safety helicopter was in the area and also responded to the scene.
One of the suspects was captured and was reported to be cooperating with authorities.
Busby said the search of the suspects was going on late into the afternoon.
“They’re looking for them right now,” he said.