CANTON, Texas -- The father of a high school football player shot and wounded the team's coach yesterday, fled in a truck loaded with weapons, and then tried to kill himself by slashing his wrists, authorities said.
Jeffrey Doyle Robertson, 45, went to Canton High School just after classes started and shot coach Gary Joe Kinne in the chest, apparently with a .45-caliber pistol, police said. The coach, who also is the school's athletic director, was airlifted to a hospital in Tyler, and a family spokesman said he was in critical condition.
Robertson's pickup was found about two hours later abandoned next to a golf course a few miles outside town.
Officers found him in the woods with cuts to his wrists, said Tom Vinger, a spokesman with the Department of Public Safety.
Television footage showed Robertson being carried to an ambulance on a stretcher. Balding with a goatee, Robertson had a tattoo on his arm of cartoon character Yosemite Sam brandishing two guns and the words ''Born to Raise Hell." Robertson was treated at a hospital, then transported to a jail to await charges, authorities said.
Police were investigating a possible motive. On Wednesday, Robertson's son, Baron, had apparently been banned from playing all school athletics, said Steve Smith Jr., a senior who was a defensive end and kicker on the team.
The father had been banned from the school's campus and told not to attend school functions after several confrontations with coaches over the past year, said Michael Echols, Canton police chief.
Some parents had been upset that Kinne had made his son the starting quarterback as a freshman, said parent Steve Smith Sr., who described Robertson as ''a very high-strung, hot-tempered individual."
Smith said Robertson threatened his son last year over an on-field teasing. He said Baron Robertson, then a freshman, was walking off the field when some older students ''razzed" him.
''This guy blew up," Smith said, referring to Jeffrey Robertson. ''He thought some kids were picking on his son. My son wasn't even the one who said anything. But he threatened to kill him."
Smith said he complained to the school and police, but Robertson was not charged. Larry Davis, superintendent of Canton public schools, declined to comment on Smith's accusations or complaints from other parents.
Robertson had worked for six years for Dallas Plumbing Co., leaving in 2002 to start his own business with another man.
John C. Downs, president of Dallas Plumbing, described Robertson as a good employee and a devoted father who hunted and fished with his son.
The state's Homeland Security Office had alerted state officials about the possibility that Robertson had a hit list, Echols said. He said officers did not find such a list on Robertson when he was arrested, but authorities were trying to get a warrant to search his truck.