KSP: Man shoots himself in front of police

OWENSBORO, Ky.  – A man shot himself in the head in front of police following a traffic stop and pursuit in Owensboro.

Kentucky State Police Post 16-Henderson received a call from Owensboro Police Department around 10:20 a.m. Sunday requesting KSP investigate an incident involving their agency and a suicidal subject.

The preliminary investigation reveals an Owensboro Police Officer conducted a traffic stop around 9:45 a.m. in the 400 block of Parrish Avenue in Owensboro, according to a release from Kentucky State Police.

During the course of the investigation, the officer learned the driver had an active warrant for his arrest. When the officer asked him to exit the vehicle, the suspect accelerated from the stop dragging the officer. A short vehicle pursuit ensued encompassing several blocks.

The suspect exited his vehicle with a pistol and fled on foot. The suspect was observed walking on Walnut Street near Parrish Avenue with the pistol to his head. A responding OPD officer turned onto Walnut from Parrish and both came a close distance of each other. The suspect shot himself in the head and fell to the ground. The OPD officer who was sitting in his assigned patrol unit discharged his weapon in the vehicle but it is unknown if the suspect was struck by the officers trajectory.

The Daviess County Coroner pronounced the suspect deceased at the scene. Daviess County Coroner’s Office and the Kentucky Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy Monday morning.

The investigation is on-going.