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(Neb)-Police Chase Ends With Suicide

By: John Axtell Posted at: 12/28/2018 01:03 PM
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A police chase that began in Wahoo and ended in the Omaha area concluded when the fleeing driver apparently committed suicide by shooting himself. No shots were fired by law enforcement during the incident.

      The Nebraska State Patrol says the pursuit began just before 3:00 p.m. when Saunders County Sheriff's deputies began pursuing a suspect in a pickup in connection with a theft in Wahoo.

        The pickup topped 80 mph on Highway 92, then continued at a high rate of speed in Sarpy County, at times driving in the wrong lane, but came to a stop in a residential neighborhood after about 10:00 minutes with a flat tire. A State trooper then heard a single gunshot.

       The trooper approached the vehicle and found the driver dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers were uninjured.

       The State Patrol has asked the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office to conduct the initial investigation to avoid conflict of interest issues. A grand jury will also be called under a state law requiring a grand jury anytime someone dies in custody or during the process of being arrested.


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