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Police identify man who killed himself after pursuit Tuesday in central Oklahoma

Oklahoma City police have released the name of a man who shot and killed himself after leading officers on a car chase that ended in Norman.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: October 2, 2013 at 11:43 am •  Published: October 2, 2013
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Oklahoma City police have released the name of a man who shot and killed himself Tuesday after a pursuit that ended in Norman, Capt. Dexter Nelson reports.

Juddson Daniel Fanning, 31, of Oklahoma City, shot himself in the head after crashing the car he was driving about noon at 24th Avenue NW and Main Street in Norman, police reported.

Oklahoma City police were looking for Fanning about 11:40 a.m. Tuesday because of a domestic abuse complaint made against him Monday night. He also was wanted on an outstanding felony domestic assault and battery warrant out of Oklahoma County.

Officers spotted Fanning in the area of SE 44 and High Avenue and began the pursuit. Fanning drove onto Interstate 35 and reached speeds of 100 mph, police said. He was armed and posed a threat to the public, Nelson said.

Norman police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers joined in the pursuit.

Fanning took the Robinson Avenue exit from I-35 and drove south on the service road in a construction area before he collided with a car in the intersection of 24th Avenue NW and Main Street. The occupants of the car were treated for their injuries and released.

Officers approached Fanning's disabled car on foot with their weapons drawn and ordered him to get out of the car. Fanning pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head. Although officers tried to revive him, Fanning died at the scene.

Oklahoma City investigators will present findings to the Oklahoma County district attorney's office. None of the involved officers were placed on administrative leave as a result of the incident.

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