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Man shoots self, dies after police pursuit ends in Norman

A police pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies ended on Main Street in Norman, where the man being pursued fatally shot himself, police said.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: October 1, 2013 at 7:28 pm •  Published: October 1, 2013

— An Oklahoma City police pursuit involving multiple law enforcement agencies ended with the suspect fatally shooting himself on Main Street in Norman, police reported.

The pursuit began about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in southeast Oklahoma City. Officers were waiting for a man to come back to a residence near SE 46 and S Shields Boulevard, where a complaint of domestic abuse was reported Monday night, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

The suspect had a kidnapping complaint against him from another county, Nelson said.

When police spotted the suspect, they began a pursuit. The suspect drove onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 35, where speeds reached 100 mph, Nelson said.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Norman police joined in the chase as the man drove south on I-35. He exited on Robinson Street in Norman, and then drove to Main Street, Nelson said.

His car hit another car in the intersection of Main Street and 24th Avenue NW. When the man's car stopped rolling, troopers and police officers approached with weapons drawn, Nelson said.

The man pulled a gun from the car and shot himself in the head. Officers tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Nelson said.

The man's identity will be released after Oklahoma City homicide detectives notify next-of-kin, Nelson said.

The two people in the second car were treated and released at the scene, Nelson said.

Contributing: Staff Writer Jane Glenn Cannon

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